Hawaii TAG visits JBPH-H during Sentry Aloha 20-1

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado
  • 154th Wing Public Affairs

Adjutant General of Hawaii, Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H) during Sentry Aloha exercise training, January 21, 2020. Approximately 35 aircraft and 1,000 personnel from eight states participated in the two-week air exercise.

Sentry Aloha is an ongoing series of exercises hosted by the Hawaii Air Guard’s (HIANG) 154th Wing located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H), Hawaii. The training enables a tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force, and other Department of Defense services. In addition, it provides U.S. war-fighters with the skill sets necessary to perform homeland defense and overseas combat missions.

F-22 Raptors belonging to the Hawaii-based 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons participated in exercises conducted with F-15 Eagles from the California Air National Guard and F-16 Fighting Falcons from Alaska, along with radar aircraft from Oklahoma and KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling support from the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Hara was joined on the Hickam runway by other distinguished visitors including Deputy Adjutant General of Hawaii, Col. Stephen F. Logan, Assistant Adjutant General and California Air National Guard commander, Maj. Gen. Gregory F. Jones, 154th Operations Group (OSG) commander, Col. Michael Blake, 154th Wing Vice Commander, Col. James S. Shigekane, Sentry Aloha Lead Project Officer Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, Hawaii National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader CSMG Dana Wingad and 154th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Carrol Orr.

Sentry Aloha exercises include back-to-back combat sorties with visiting aircraft from the U.S. Air Force’s active, guard and reserve components. The training provides participants a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel. This recent iteration consisted of more than 1,000 Airmen from 15 Active Duty, ANG and Air Force Reserve units across eleven states.