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154th Wing to host another Sentry Aloha this month

January 7, 2020
Off the HIANG Facebook page

The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will be hosting a Sentry Aloha fighter exercise beginning Wednesday, January 8, and will run through January 22. Oahu residents, particularly those along the island’s southern coast may see an increase in military aircraft during takeoffs and landings at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Sentry Aloha is an ongoing series of exercises hosted by the HIANG’s 154th Wing enabling tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force, and other Department of Defense services. It provides U.S. war fighters with the skill sets necessary to perform homeland defense and overseas combat missions.

Sentry Aloha exercises have been conducted by the HIANG for over twenty years. This iteration of the exercise will involve approximately 1,000 personnel and 35 aircraft from eight states.

Visiting units include KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling support from the Wisconsin Air National Guard, F-15 Eagles from the California Air National Guard, F-16 Fighting Falcons from Alaska and radar aircraft from Oklahoma. The visiting aircraft will take part in simulated combat exercises with the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons’ Hickam based “Hawaiian Raptors.”

The 199th Fighter Squadron is part of the 154th Wing, the largest wing in the Air National Guard. The Hawaii Air National Guard is comprised of nearly 2,500 Airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and available for active duty Air Force operational missions.

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