The Hawaii Air National Guard will be hosting the Sentry Aloha fighter exercise Wednesday through Aug. 25 with an increase in military aircraft takeoffs and landings planned at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Sentry Aloha is an ongoing series of exercises hosted by the Guard’s 154th Wing providing realistic combat training for Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force, and other Department of Defense services, the Hawaii National Guard said.
This iteration of the exercise will involve approximately 182 personnel and 28 aircraft from five states.
Visiting Air National Guard participants include KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling support from units out of New Jersey, Washington and Maryland, and F-15 Eagles from the California Air National Guard.
The visiting aircraft will take part in simulated combat exercises with F-22 Raptors of the the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Approximately 12 aircraft are visiting from the mainland. About two thirds of those are F-15 Eagles from Fresno, Calif., and the rest are tankers.
The 199th Fighter Squadron is part of the 154th Wing, the largest wing in the United States Air National Guard. The Hawaii Air National Guard includes nearly 2,500 airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and available for active duty Air Force operational missions.