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Army moving ahead with infantry training course at Pohakuloa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:40 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2013

The Army is moving forward with plans for a $29 million Infantry Platoon Battle Course at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Thursday.

After conducting an environmental impact statement analysis of alternatives, the Army decided on the “Western Range” alternative.

The 110-acre battle course will be used to train and test infantry platoons and other units on tactical movement techniques and to detect, identify and engage stationary and moving infantry and armor targets with small arms, machine guns and other weapons systems, the Army said.

“This project will both create jobs in Hawaii and provide our troops with an apt training ground to ensure the safety of our state and our nation,” Schatz said. “Hawaii has long been a strategic and imperative training ground for the U.S. Army. I’m happy to announce that our local economy and defense preparedness will both be improved with the construction of this battle course.”

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808Cindy wrote:
The BIG question is "what are the other weapons systems?" toxic, radioactive, large explosives, poisons, gas, chemicals, biological?
on August 16,2013 | 07:38AM
localguy wrote:
808Cindy - Another rookie poster at work. Had you done your due diligence first you would have realized your post is so laughable. For your information, the Army in Hawaii does not train with "toxic, radioactive, large explosives, poisons, gas, chemicals, biological." The weapons systems they are talking about are anti tank, anti aircraft, etc. Next time you post think first. Rookies...........
on August 16,2013 | 10:03AM
808comp wrote:
I'd like to see the Army have a regular unit stationed at Pohakuloa.
on August 16,2013 | 02:47PM
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