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Army: Helicopter training plans miscommunicated

The Army says it miscommunicated its Big Island helicopter training plans and intends to clear up any confusion it may have caused.

U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii said in a statement Friday that the Army doesn’t plan to expand the land it uses during training contrary to public perceptions.

The statement attributed the problem to graphics in an environmental assessment the Army prepared for its training proposal. These graphics depicted flight paths, but were labeled “project area” on the map’s legend and caused some to believe the Army wanted to use more land for training.

The service wants to train with helicopters at Pohakuloa Training Area but use the same three landing zones on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa that it used to train for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2004.

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