Schofield Barracks to Carry out Troop Cuts through July


first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will begin converting its 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to an infantry BCT in March, with the effort scheduled to finish in July, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, the division’s commanding general, told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.The move — which will result in the loss of 1,214 soldiers — follows the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is slated to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.The BCT’s 330 Strykers will be transferred to the Washington National Guard’s 81st Armored BCT, Flynn said. That brigade has subordinate units in Washington, Oregon and California, reported Army Times.As part of the 2nd BCT’s conversion, the unit will deactivate one of its infantry battalions because infantry BCTs outside the United States have two maneuver battalions, compared with the three that make up a Stryker BCT, Flynn said.One challenge the commander is managing is that duty in Hawaii is considered an overseas assignment, requiring soldiers to serve there for three years.“We’re trying to make sure we look after soldiers and families and career paths and not damage any of that,” Flynn said. The goal is to “make sure no one gets lost in the transition of that brigade combat team.”As part of the Army’s five-year aviation restructuring initiative, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade also will undergo a conversion this year. The brigade’s 2nd Squadron will be swapping its OH-58 Kiowa Warriors for AH-64 Apache helicopters, according to the story.last_img