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HONOLULU — The head of the U.S. Army in the Pacific says Hawaii’s Stryker Brigade needs review amid military budget cuts.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski says Hawaii is expected to keep its 22,500-active duty soldiers as the Army downsizes. But he says it is time to re-evaluate whether it makes sense to keep Hawaii’s Stryker Brigade given three additional brigades at Fort Lewis in Washington.
Schofield’s Stryker Brigade has about 4,200 soldiers. A light infantry unit in a different brigade has about 3,500 soldiers. The general says it is time to look at whether Hawaii’s Stryker Brigade should keep its 320 armored vehicles or revert to a light infantry unit without Strykers.