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Posted on: Monday, February 12, 2001


Advertiser staff


Helicopter noise to be minimized

The Army said it will try to minimize noise created tonight when 30 helicopters begin ferrying nearly 1,000 soldiers from Wheeler Army Airfield to its Kahuku military reservation.

Helicopters should be in the air from 10 p.m. today to 1 a.m. tomorrow.

The flights are part of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army Hawaii’s Lightning Thrust Warrior exercise, which began Feb. 5 and ends Friday.

Soldiers will be flown in UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters on northerly routes, over forests and mountains, to Kahuku.

Soldiers to train on Hokkaido

More than 500 Army soldiers from Schofield Barracks began leaving Saturday for a three-week exercise on Hokkaido, Japan.

The purpose of the exercise is to improve tactical operations under field conditions between U.S. and Japanese Ground Self-Defense forces.

"We want our soldiers to leave Japan with an increased confidence in their abilities to fight in extreme cold weather conditions," said Maj. Doug Mulbury, executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, which is helping to sponsor the exercise.

The soldiers should be home March 3.

Surgical teams off to Cambodia

Two surgery teams from Tripler Army Medical Center will leave for Cambodia to assist doctors and humanitarian groups there with the care and treatment of mine victims.

The Blast Resuscitation and Victim Assistance teams will leave sometime this week.


Hickam had big impact on state

Contracts for services, supplies and equipment helped increase the economic impact Hickam Air Force Base made on the state’s economy for fiscal year 2000.

Officials at the 15th Comptroller Squadron said the base had a $494.5 million impact on the economy, an increase of $56.6 million over the previous fiscal year.


War remains returned to U.S.

The remains of six unidentified American servicemen killed during the Vietnam War were returned Friday to U.S. soil, according to the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting.

They were greeted by an all-service honor guard when they arrived at Hickam Air Force Base.

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