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BACKGROUND: Army Transformation is creating an Army to meet the defense challenges of the future, while maintaining a trained and ready force to meet today's commitments.

As part of this transformation the Army has proposed Hawaii as the location for one of several Interim Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCT). The Army proposes to transform the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks into an SBCT. However, the selection is conditional on the successful outcome of an Army Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District is managing the NEPA process for the project on behalf of the 25th Infantry Division (Light). Tetra Tech is the Corps' technical consultant.

The proposed SBCT will have environmental impacts on Hawaii. The plan would add 810 Soldiers (and associated dependents )and 346 additional vehicles. It would affect the islands of Oahu and Hawaii and include approximately 28 projects that could total as much as $693 million.

This would require systems acquisition, different types of construction activities, land transactions, operational deployment of other SBCT units from out-of-state to train at facilities in Hawaii, distribution of forces across Army installations, and training to achieve and maintain readiness.

OBJECTIVE: The principal objective of the EIS effort is to provide the Army with complete National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses and documents, including the objective appraisals of the positive and negative effects of the proposed actions, alternative implementation methods, and mitigation alternatives.

PURPOSE: Transformation is the process of making the US Army more responsive, deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable, and sustainable. It fills the operational gap between slower moving heavy forces, such as armored or mechanized infantry, and lighter more deployable units, like light infantry. The intent is to build a force that is both strong and agile yet responsive and survivable. The SBCT is part of what is characterized as the Interim Force, which is the bridge between the current Legacy Force, and the final transformed force called the Objective Force, which is a type of combat organization that is under development.

An SBCT is an infantry-centric organization that combines tactical mobility and robust dismounted assault capability. Currently planned major sub elements within the brigade include three infantry battalions, each composed of three combined arms company teams; a reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) squadron; an artillery battalion; and a brigade support battalion. It also includes antitank, engineer, signal, military intelligence, and support elements. Additionally, the SBCT will have enough "hooks" for augmentation so that if it needs a particular capability that it does not possess organically it can readily integrate these new and uniquely capable units.

The Army has prepared an EIS to evaluate potential impacts on Army installations, training rangess and surrounding lands, in Hawaii, focusing on Army lands on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. This process is described in the About the NEPA Process page on this web site.


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