Aloha and welcome to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, home of the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show and Open House October 17 and 18. This year’s theme is “Joining Forces with the Community,” and we’re excited to share with you a fantastic weekend filled with thrilling displays of military equipment and drills, jaw-dropping aerial demonstrations, mouth-watering food, and many opportunities to build lasting memories with your Ohana.
We’re proud to give the community a first-hand look at Marine Corps capabilities while showcasing our proud heritage and agile future. Specifically designed for swift deployment of Marine forces by air, land, or sea, the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, or MAGTF as we call it, provides our nation with a broad spectrum of response options. Coordinating a balanced team of ground, air and logistics assets under a central command, these self-sustained, combined arms forces conduct the full range of operations. MAGTFs can be tailored in size and capability to meet the needs of each mission, and provides a rapidly deployable, lethal, and credible response to a wide range of crises that range from forcible entry from the sea to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
In addition to demonstrating the capabilities of the MAGTF, we are proud to be joined by the U.S. Air Force, who will showcase the cutting edge technology and venerable might of several strategic Air Force aviation assets. We welcome the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division “Tropic Thunder,” along with elements of the Stryker Brigade and the 25th Aviation Brigade “Wings of Lightning.” The U.S. Navy will represent with P-3 and P-8 demonstrations and with a Special Operations display. And finally the U.S. Coast Guard will show us why they’re recognized as a worldwide maritime leader during a Search and Rescue demonstration.
We’re excited to again host the U.S. Navy’s premier flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. They will use the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to exhibit the fast-paced choreographed aerobatic maneuvers and skills possessed by all naval aviators. There will also be demonstrations by the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules support aircraft, known affectionately as “Fat Albert,” a reference to the 1970s popular cartoon character. The Blue Angels is among the most popular aviation act in the world, entertaining approximately 11 million people each season.
Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities and demonstrations during the two-day event. Activity in the air and on the ground includes military and civilian aircraft displays, a carnival for the kids featuring rides and games, merchandise booths, and Taste of Oahu food booths. We’re also honored to host an amazing line up of civilian aerobatic performers, including Jacquie B’s Pitts Special biplane, hang glider Dan Buchanan, Hank Bruckner’s CAP-10C, Rob Holland’s Window World MXS-RH, and many more! This show is truly a joint effort from all of our military services, and we’d like to extend a hearty thank you to the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve forces, for their support to this event.
As you enjoy the show, take time to talk story with the Marines and Sailors who are here to support the show. Many of these men and women have deployed several times to secure peace throughout the world, and we believe they’re America’s finest. Their enthusiasm and professionalism is what makes our military the finest armed forces in the world. It’s their service to our Nation that will continue to inspire patriots around the world to serve with honor, and we’re constantly humbled by their selfless service and commitment. We also salute the Marine and Navy families, because we know first-hand that military families serve too. Our military can’t have “boots on the ground” without the understanding and support from spouses, kids, parents, and everyone else who makes up our extended Ohana.
The Marine Corps values our long, rich history with the citizens of Oahu, and it’s our honor to serve and protect the interests of the United States throughout the world.
A special thank you goes out to the communities of Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo, and to all of our sponsors and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event a success. On behalf of our Marines, Sailors, civilian Marines, and their families, mahalo nui loa, and enjoy the show!
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Gregory L. Hall
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Base Hawaii