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Army to Cut a Stryker Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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The Army plans to eliminate one of the Stryker brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  It’s part of the reduction in forces as the war in Afghanistan comes to a close.  The brigades do some training at the Yakima Training Center but at this time Yakima Commander Lt. Colonel Darrel O’steen Jr. isn’t sure what affects this will have on
his base.  Lewis-McChord will retain its status as the Army’s West Coast force projection base, an important role as national security strategy turns to the Asia-Pacific region.
About 26,500 soldiers will be station at Lewis-McChord once  the reductions are completed in 2017. That compares to  16,300 who were stationed there before September 11, 2001.
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