(BIVN) – Helicopters filled the sky between Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island on Tuesday.
“Twenty helicopters from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade traveled 200 miles to provided troop lift capability to air assault the Gimlets of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Wheeler Army Airfield to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Big Island of Hawaii, Nov. 12,” stated a U.S. Army caption for the series of photos taken by Sgt. Sarah D. Sangster.
“CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the Hillclimbers of 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment along with UH-60 Blackhawks assigned to 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment were used in the execution of this large muscle movement to move Soldiers and equipment intra-island for the upcoming exercise,” the Army said.
The Pōhakuloa public affairs office recently put out a military advisory, saying U.S. Army units from Oahu are scheduled to conduct various training activities at PTA that may be heard by surrounding communities this week. “Training will involve Artillery training, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training, fixed wing (planes) and rotary wing (helicopter) gunnery. Training will take place during day and night hours,” the advisory stated.
Military units are scheduled to conduct vehicle convoy movements on the following dates, times, and destinations:
- Nov 22 between 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. from PTA to Kawaihae
- Nov 23 between 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. from PTA to Kawaihae
“Hawaii Island motorists are advised to be aware of the multi-vehicle convoys that are often travelling at much slower than normal speeds, and will pull over to allow other motorists to pass safely,” the PTA advisory said. “The US Army at PTA appreciates the understanding, patience and continued support of Hawai‘i Island communities.”