HONOLULU (AP) - The commander of U.S. Army Pacific says presence in the region won't diminish despite cuts elsewhere.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 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.
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