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Military Conducts Live-Fire Coordination, Interoperability Training on Hawaii island

Interoperability training among the nation’s armed forces is occurring in Hawaii on an unprecedented scale — and China is the reason, defense experts say.

In the most recent example, two Air Force B-52 bombers, more than 1,500 Schofield Barracks soldiers, at least 30 Army helicopters and Arkansas-based C-130 cargo carriers deployed to Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island for a 10-day “fire support coordination exercise.”

“Being able to practice close-air support with B-52 bombers dropping over 15, 000 pounds of high explosives while running alongside our Army brethren in a company movement with (helicopter ) attack aviation to the left and active artillery to the right, provided numerous lessons, ” Capt. Austin Hairfield, with the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, said in an Air Force news release.

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