Schofield soldiers may not be Afghanistan bound

HONOLULU (AP) - Thousands of Schofield Barracks soldiers may not be deployed to Afghanistan after all.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that soldiers have been preparing for a pair of deployments to Afghanistan this summer to help assist Afghan forces with security.

Before heading overseas, the two brigades were expecting to send several thousand soldiers each to the National Training Center in California for final mission exercises with Afghan role players.

Officials say those mission rehearsal exercises have been canceled.

The change in plans reflects the continuing drawdown of forces in Afghanistan. Officials say new budget constraints and a refocusing on the Pacific also played a part in the decision.

The brigades were scheduled to deploy just a couple of months apart.

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