Thousands of Troops to Texas in Force-Building Plan

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says a government plan to boost military forces means at least 14,000 more troops for Texas over the next four to five years.

The "Grow the Force" plan signed by President Bush on Monday would boost Army, Marine Corps and National Guard ranks by over 92,000 over five years.

That means two new combat brigades for Fort Bliss, for about 7,000 to 8,000 more troops. Fort Hood will get two more brigades, adding 7,000 to 8,000 troops to Texas. That will keep Fort Hood troops at 50,000.

The troops growth would occur between 2009 and 2013.

Separately the 1st Armored Division is to return from Germany to Fort Bliss beginning in 2010. The Pentagon is to announce full details Wednesday afternoon.