First Hawaii Strykers to arrive next month

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The Hawaii Stryker brigade, the 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, will begin receiving the 8-wheeled light armored vehicles in February. It will be an ambulance variant.

During a recent interview, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, 25th Division commander, said his 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which spent a year in Iraq, received 810 additional soldiers last fall. “We’re just about 100 percent strength as far as soldiers are concerned. They are now undergoing systems training, and they will begin their detailed training with their vehicles this summer.”

Borne added that by the time the Stryker combat brigade is operational in May 2007, it will be have nearly 3,900 soldiers. It will include three infantry battalions, a cavalry squadron, an artillery battalion, a support battalion, a military intelligence company, an engineer company, a signal company and an anti-tank company.