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Windward Oahu residents can expect a lot of action in the sky and noise on the ground for the next few weeks.
There’s a squadron of the F/A-18 Hornets from the mainland doing training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The 12-plane reserve squadron from Fort Worth, Texas will be training out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay for the next three weeks before deploying to Japan for six months.
“Mainly our mission is just to be out here in case there’s certain threats erupt, then we’d be called to support Japan and the allying countries,” Lt. Col. Kevin “Hause” Paetzold said.
Until they deploy, the squadron will be training almost daily, working with Marine infantry units on the ground.
“Basically, it stimulates combat conditions where they’re on the ground. They have to have bombs on target and we actually go out there and provide the similar weapons,” Lt. Col Paetzold said. “It’s very important for the ground guys to train with the fixed-wing aircraft because in war-time scenario, we’d be doing the same thing.”
The Marines understand that while the training is important, making sure they are good neighbors is important as well. So, no major flight operations will take place late at night.
“It will be probably around lunch-time launch and then right at dusk, so we’re not going to be flying around in the morning early,” Lt. Col. Paetzold said. “So, we should be taking off right before sunset and we’ll be landing right after sunset.”