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Army Seeks Public Input for Continued Use of State Lands on Oʻahu

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Sgt. Karl Williams
Spc. Kristopher Smith, from Dallas, assigned to A Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as a motor transport operator, transports a mock version of a BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier using a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck to a location to be staged for target engagement simulation at Makua Valley, in Wai'anae, Hawaii, on Jan. 19, 2011.

The U.S. Army wants to continue using more than 6,000 acres of state land on Oahu for military training -- and it is seeking public comment.

The Army is preparing an environmental impact statement for continued use of Kahuku Training Area, Poamoho Training Area and Makua Military Reservation. The Army, Marine Corps and Hawaii Army National Guard all use it for exercises.

The Army has leased these lands since 1964, and the current leases expire in 2029.

The public scoping process will run until Sept. 1.

Oral comments will be accepted in person on Aug. 10 and 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leilehua Golf Course (199 Leileahua Golf Course Road, Wahiawa, HI 96786). Residents can also call (808) 556-8277 on Aug. 10 and 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Written comments will also be accepted via the following methods:

U.S. Mail: O‘ahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI 96801-3444



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