FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Army will pivot its overseas stockpile from the Middle East to the Pacific, but a final decision has not been made to which countries, said Lt. Gen. Dennis Via, the Army Materiel Command deputy commander.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told Congress the service must re-evaluate where it maintains its pre-positioned stockpile acknowledging the focus on the Pacific. That evaluation has started but more work is needed, Via said Wednesday at the Association of the U.S. Army's Winter Symposium here.
Army leaders chose not to include a discussion about pre-positioned stocks in its Total Army Analysis, Via said. Army officials will work with other service leaders to figure out where the military will send its stockpile.
Australia and Guam could be discussed as hosts for the Army's stockpile. Marine leaders recently announced the Corps will deploy 2,500 Marines for six-month deployments. Guam already hosts a significant airfield and is a major stop over for U.S. Air Force flights to the Pacific.