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Pōhakuloa Training Area Receives State Funding

March 7, 2018, 10:04 AM HST
* Updated March 7, 10:05 AM
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US Army at Pohakuloa Training Area.

To provide more storage space for increased and improved military training, the Hawai‘i Army National Guard (HIARNG) will receive $800,000 in Capital Improvement Project funds from the state to construct a warehouse facility within the Pōhakuloa Training Area.

Training at the Pōhakuloa site is now nearly year-round, with Hawai‘i National Guard units conducting some type of drill or exercise, including drone training, artillery moves and high altitude flying practice.

The training is necessary to sharpen skills, especially prior to deployment.

The storage facility will allow HIARNG units to house equipment and supplies at the Pōhakuloa Training Area rather than transporting them between islands, saving time and money.

“The Hawai‘i Army National Guard’s role in ensuring safety and security for our islands and throughout the Pacific Rim is critically important, particularly during these tenuous political times,” said Sen. Lorraine Inouye (District 4: Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona). “A facility to assist in keeping them well-equipped is just one way we can support their efforts to be effective, organized and operationally ready.”

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