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Originally published Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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Pacific Army head calls for Stryker Brigade review

The head of the U.S. Army in the Pacific says Hawaii's Stryker Brigade needs review amid military budget cuts.

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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 (http://is.gd/3TNixP) 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.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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