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Hawaii National Guard Running Its Largest-Ever Disaster Exercise

Hawaii National Guard Running Its Largest-Ever Disaster Exercise

From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, William Cole. June 5, 2015.

The Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili 2015 disaster exercise includes more than 2,200 participants from multiple states responding to a simulated hurricane.

Some Chinook and Black Hawk helicopter activity will be seen, Waimanalo will request assistance — possibly for debris clearance — a mass-casualty exercise will take place at the Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu, and harbor chemical spills will be dealt with in Honolulu and on Hawaii island, officials said.

“It combines the civilian government and military organizations, and that’s important because we need to get the organizations working together — understanding each other’s capabilities — before we get to a natural disaster, a real natural disaster event,” said Brig Gen. Bruce Oliveira, the head of the Hawaii Army National Guard.

The Hawaii Guard is hosting exercise Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili 2015, which started Monday and will run for just over a week. More than 700 of the participants are from Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Guam. Observers from seven Asia-Pacific countries also are attending. Read More