Left to right: Gen. Robert Brown, U.S. Army Pacific commander; Ryan McCarthy, Army under secretary; and Gen. James McConville, vice chief of staff of the Army, speak with reporters at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Left to right: Gen. Robert Brown, U.S. Army Pacific commander; Ryan McCarthy, Army under secretary; and Gen. James McConville, vice chief of staff of the Army, speak with reporters at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Army plan would tap thousands of mainland soldiers for short-term Pacific rotations

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Army plans to rotate thousands of soldiers from the mainland through short-term Pacific deployments in pursuit of becoming a more expeditionary force, Army officials said Tuesday.

“The forces already assigned will remain assigned,” said Gen. Robert Brown, commander of U.S. Army Pacific, referring to the roughly 85,000 soldiers in the theater, primarily stationed in South Korea, Hawaii, Washington and Alaska.

“We will bring forces from [the mainland] over,” he said during a media roundtable at U.S. Army Pacific headquarters that included Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Gen. James McConville, vice chief of staff of the Army.

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