Army’s presence in Pacific won’t diminish


HONOLULU — The commander of U.S. Army Pacific says presence in the region won’t diminish despite cuts elsewhere.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the Army’s presence in the Pacific has grown to 106,000 active-duty soldiers from about 90,000. That’s a nearly 18 percent increase as officials plan drastic cuts over the next five years.

Gen. Vincent Brooks says Hawaii’s approximately 22,500 active-duty soldier count will remain about the same. He also says a 4,300-soldier Stryker Brigade that was said to be vulnerable to cuts won’t be leaving for Washington state.

The four-star general made the comments Tuesday at a Waikiki news conference.

The Association of the United States Army is holding a land power in the Pacific forum in Hawaii through Thursday.