The U.S. Army’s AH-64E Guardian Apache helicopter is conducting a training deployment in Hawaii from mid-June to mid-August as part of the U.S. Navy’s Rim of the Pacific exercise and participate in additional training opportunities with the 25th Infantry Division.
Eight Apache helicopters and approximately 40 Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 25th
Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Carson, Colo., will take part in the world's largest
international maritime exercise and provide a unique capability in fostering the
cooperative relationship with joint and international participants.
Although based in Colorado, the battalion is an organic unit within the 25th Combat
Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and this is an opportunity for the unit to train with its parent headquarters.
The Apache helicopters will travel the same FAA-approved routes flown by the 25th
CAB's current helicopters, around the island of Oahu, to Barking Sands on Kauai, and to the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island.
Residents in the vicinity of Waipahu may experience periodic increases in aviation noise, from June 17 through 18, as a result of planned movement of the helicopters from Pearl Harbor to Wheeler Army Airfield. The movement is scheduled during daylight hours and is contingent on environmental conditions that may affect the arrival of the visiting Apaches into port.
The U.S. Army says it is dedicated to complying with all environmental standards, laws and requirements in the state of Hawaii. The Army initiated and completed a Record of Environmental Consideration which covers short-term on-island and in-state Apache helicopter operations.