Army chief: Pacific soldier numbers to stay same

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno

HONOLULU (AP) - Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says the Army will keep two brigades and a combat aviation brigade in Hawaii.

He says having soldiers in Hawaii enables the Army to keep "forces forward to station."

More broadly speaking, Odierno says the number of soldiers assigned to the Pacific will generally stay the same. He says mainland-based soldiers may also support operations in the region.

Odierno spoke in Hawaii while on the first stop of an Asia-Pacific tour.

The Army said in a news release Tuesday the general also met senior leaders from U.S. Army Pacific and Pacific Command to discuss future strategies and the Army's role in the Pacific.

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