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By William Cole
Copyright The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (MCT)
More than half of the $449.5 million in projected military construction for Hawaii was axed from the Defense Department's...
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is in a period of growth, would be particularly hard hit by the cutbacks, with $104.5 million for a headquarters/operations center, $65.4 million for a bachelor enlisted quarters, $62.9 million for airfield electrical system upgrades and $5.4 million for MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey landing zone improvements all reduced to zero for 2015.
The active Army is scheduled for a massive reduction from its wartime high of 570,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers — or even a force of 420,000 if sequestration persists into 2016.
The cuts are part of a $495.6 billion defense budget proposal released March 4. The Army has yet to firmly establish its role in the Pacific in the postwar era, and the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Schofield Barracks and its 4,300 soldiers and eight-wheeled armored vehicles are seen as vulnerable to removal in the new environment, officials said.