Patriot Palm exercises start Jan. 23

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Lockeed Martin F35 Lightning II makes a touch-and-go approach to Lihue Airport via the Ahukini Landing Thursday.

LIHUE — The U.S. Air Force will be conducting Patriot Palm 2019 at Lihue Airport from Wednesday through Jan. 28, announced the state Department of Transportation.

Patriot Palm training includes realistic training exercises and is intended to establish working relationships with local entities and familiarize the agencies on the available military capabilities in the event of a natural disaster.

In times of disaster, the 452nd Contingency Response Squadron based at the March Air Reserve Base in Southern California can help expedite the airlift of critical supplies as well as search-and-rescue teams into the impacted areas.

The public is being notified that this is not an active emergency despite the activities appearing to be realistic because the exercise participants will be in military uniforms and actively loading and unloading military aircraft with engines running.

During Patriot Palm, all commercial and general aviation flights and airport operations will continue as scheduled.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. Bryan Bishop January 21, 2019 12:43 pm Reply

    The picture at top is of a Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor of the Hawaii Air National Guard. This is not an F-35.

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