For the past several days the skies above Hawaii have been filled with fighter jets with nicknames like Fighting Falcons, Eagles and Raptors.
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This year the aerial combat exercise known as "Sentry Aloha" is the largest ever. Nearly 350 airmen from the Air National Guard, Air Reserves and active-duty are taking part to create realistic combat training.
Brad Glosserman, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the exercise sends a strong message to potential adversaries and our strategic partners.
"The United States is sending a second, perhaps even more important signal to allies and partners, that we are committed and you should be reassured about the U.S. commitment to your defense," said Glosserman.
Hawaii has the largest unrestricted air space in the U.S. for dog fighting exercises and because of our weather units can do a lot more training.