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Hawaii pilots sent to combat in Middle East war zone

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor fighters have been sent on their first operational deployment to the Middle East. 

It is the first operational mission for the F-22 Raptors, which were first brought to Hawaii in 2010. 

The military has not confirmed how many aircraft or pilots are involved, but altogether about 200 members of Hawaii's Air National Guard were deployed, along with active duty Air Force members. 

Families of those deployed said their goodbyes last week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, but the Pentagon kept it secret because of security reasons. 

Officials have not confirmed where the Raptors will be based during the next six months. However, other F-22's have been carrying out air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 

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