Entire Hawaii National Guard brigade won't deploy

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii National Guard says only part of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team may deploy to Afghanistan in 2013.

The Guard on Monday said only a battalion and a few more would be expected to deploy, though a final decision hasn't been made about which battalion. A battalion has about 500 soldiers.

In April, the military told the entire brigade it might be deployed. This plan would have affected nearly 4,000 soldiers - more than 2,000 from Hawaii and hundreds more from Guam and Arizona.

The Hawaii National Guard said in a statement Monday units across the country are experiencing uncertainty as the military reduces troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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