The third phase of a pilot for mobilization in place is working well, according to the head of U.S. Army Pacific.

The original plan for Reserve soldiers in countries like South Korea, Japan, Guam and American Samoa was to have them come all the way back to Hawaii or the mainland United States to mobilize, Gen. Robert Brown said Tuesday at the annual AUSA conference in Washington, D.C.

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“That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” he said. “Why would we bring them back?”

Army leaders took a look and decided to launch a pilot program about a year and a half ago to keep soldiers closer to their home stations.

“Soldiers can stay in Guam, for example, instead of all the way to Hawaii or the U.S.,” Brown said.

Some places don’t have the capabilities that mobilizations require. American Samoa, for example, would not have those capabilities. Soldiers there would have to mobilize somewhere like Guam.

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