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  • Stryker siblings face GOP allegations ( Culture of Corruption )

    10/16/2006 2:32:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,931+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 15, 2006 | UPI
    Republicans allege two members of Michigan's Stryker family may have links to a fraud case in South Dakota involving Medicare and the Stryker Corp. Stryker is a medical products company. Jon Stryker has contributed to groups protecting gay rights. Anti-gay rights U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., has called for an investigation into the fraud case to see if it extends further... The fraud case reportedly involves a medical clinic in South Dakota and the Stryker Corp. aggreeing to repay Medicare $345,000. The government says the clinic took money from the Stryker Corp. in exchange for using the company's orthopedic products....
  • Stryker Base Here (Hawaii) Found Illegal (9th-Circus alert)

    10/06/2006 10:06:57 AM PDT · by Spyder · 29 replies · 1,521+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | 10/06/06 | By Gregg K. Kakesako
    Stryker base here is found illegal Plaintiffs claim the Army must halt related work while preparing a supplemental study » A look at the Stryker situation By Gregg K. Kakesako A federal appellate court found yesterday that the Army had violated environmental laws by not considering all alternatives in establishing a Stryker Combat Brigade in Hawaii. The 2-1 vote by a three-judge panel assigned to the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was seen as a victory for the nonprofit environmental group Earthjustice. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin said the federal appeals court ruling meant "the Army must...
  • Stryker teams train with new vehicles

    08/29/2006 7:07:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 801+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jason Kaye
    FORT LEWIS, Wash. (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2006) – A long wait is over for Stryker Mobile Gun System (MSG) crews of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, received its complement of MGS vehicles last month after more than a year of waiting. They are the first vehicles to be fielded in the Army. “I think its going to give the infantry a whole new dimension of what they can do. Armor and infantry have kept each other at arm’s length for years and years," said Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper, an MGS platoon...
  • Operation Together Forward’ Expands Into Northeast Baghdad

    08/27/2006 1:04:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 819+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – Iraqi security forces, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, expanded their combined security effort into the Adhamiyah neighborhood of northeast Baghdad today in support of “Operation Together Forward.” The combined operations are being led by the soldiers of 1st Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division and 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, officials in Iraq said. They are supported by Iraqi National Police from 1st Brigade, 1st National Police Division and soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The operations are designed to reduce the level of murders, kidnappings, assassinations, terrorism and sectarian violence in northern...
  • Soldiers' families question Rumsfeld on deployment

    08/27/2006 12:38:44 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 168 replies · 1,919+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/26/06
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters) - The wives of soldiers whose duty in Iraq was extended to add troop strength to Baghdad peppered U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with tough questions, some that he could not answer, at a closed-door meeting in Alaska on Saturday. Rumsfeld, who received a mixed reception from a crowd that offered more applause for the questions asked than the answers provided, praised the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He would not commit to a date for bringing those soldiers home, but told a 12-year-old girl in the audience, "I'd bet your daddy gets home before Christmas." He...
  • Japanese-American veterans groups attack Watada

    08/25/2006 2:43:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies · 1,715+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 23, 2006 | Associated Press
    Nine veterans groups in California are criticizing 1st Lt. Ehren Watada for his decision to disobey deployment orders to Iraq. Watada is trying to "make himself a martyr and a hero," said Robert M. Wada, a charter president of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans. He said Watada's actions disrespect a legacy of military service by Japanese-American soldiers dating back to World War II. "No Japanese-Americans did anything like that and that is why Japanese-Americans are so upset," Wada said. "He is doing something that has never been done by Japanese-Americans." The groups expressed their outrage at Watada in a...
  • Stryker Soldiers to rejoin 172nd in Iraq

    08/21/2006 4:13:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 246+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | Spc. Vincent Fusco
    FT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (Army News Service, Aug. 18, 2006) -- In a press conference Aug. 14 between the Pentagon and Forts Wainwright and Richardson, U.S. Army Alaska announced the decision to return 301 Soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team — who recently redeployed to Alaska — back to Iraq to join the 172nd in Baghdad. In June and July, 378 Soldiers from the 172nd SBCT returned from Iraq. Further redeployments were halted following a request by Gen. George Casey Jr., commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. The request was approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “Immediately following...
  • 172nd Stryker Soldiers discover huge cache

    08/20/2006 10:14:00 AM PDT · by SandRat · 60 replies · 2,039+ views
    BAGHDAD -- Soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, detained two suspected terrorists and seized a large weapons cache in a warehouse during a search of Nur and Ghazalyia Friday in support of Operation Together Forward. The weapons and munitions seized included more than 580 mortar rounds, about 39,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition, more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades, more than 270 rockets, two landmines, a shape charge, a crater charge, 11 fragmentation grenades, several machine guns, ammunition drums, 5,000 feet of detonation cord, mortar tubes and bipods, land mines, more than 50 rocket motors and...
  • Gainey: Stryker Brigade Extension Offers Lessons to All Commanders

    08/17/2006 5:40:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 390+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – The most important thing military leaders can offer their people is an up-front assessment of what they’re facing, as exemplified by the way the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s leaders informed the troops about their extension in Iraq, DoD’s top enlisted adviser told American Forces Press Service. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared his thoughts after returning from Alaska, home of the “Arctic Wolves.” The Defense Department announced July 27 that the brigade, which was in the midst of wrapping up...
  • Stryker Brigade Soldiers Sent Home to Alaska to Return to Iraq

    08/15/2006 7:09:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 72 replies · 1,036+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2006 – Three hundred one soldiers with an Alaska-based unit extended in Iraq will return to the combat zone to serve with their comrades in arms, Army officials announced yesterday. A total of 378 soldiers with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team had returned to Alaska in June and July at the end of their scheduled 12-month tour in Iraq. But before the rest of the 4,000-soldier unit could redeploy, officials halted their return to bolster Iraqi and coalition forces in Baghdad. Now, 301 of those soldiers who made it back to Alaska will return to their...
  • Heroes: 172nd Stryker BCT spouses (You'll should get tissues before reading)

    08/15/2006 5:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 524+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Kamryn Jaroszewski
    I wrote a commentary recently about my husband’s upcoming third deployment. In that article, I referred to him as a hero. When he read it, he zeroed in on that word and said I was wrong, that he wasn’t a hero – just another Soldier doing what he was told to do. I explained to him my reasons for describing him a hero: because he was able to leave his family and step foot on a plane when he knew he may not come back. Because he was one of the people who volunteered to do that. Because he saw...
  • Alaska Stryker Brigade Transfers Authority

    08/06/2006 2:38:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 549+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 6, 2006 – The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team handed over operations in Mosul, Iraq, and other surrounding areas in the Ninewa province to the 3rd SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Marez today. The 172nd SBCT soldiers were deployed in August 2005 and since have conducted more than 15,000 missions, including cordon and searches, combat patrols, counter-mortar and rocket missions, raids, escort missions and humanitarian aid throughout Dohuk, Ninewa and Irbil provinces. “The accomplishments of the 172nd SBCT have been truly remarkable,” said Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Turner, commanding general of...
  • Officials Working to Help Stryker Brigade Soldiers, Families

    08/02/2006 4:37:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 489+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, August 2, 2006 – The Army is taking significant steps to ensure soldiers and families of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team are taken care of now that the unit’s deployment to Iraq has been extended four months. U.S. Army, Alaska leaders are working with higher headquarters to ensure support programs, including financial compensation and personnel support, are available to the soldiers, Army and Defense Department officials said. “We are responding rapidly to provide all the appropriate support and services to these outstanding patriotic professionals and their families, who continue to inspire us all with their unwavering commitment to...
  • Sectarian Strife Skips Nineveh Province, Stryker Team Commander Says

    07/21/2006 4:46:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – Large-scale sectarian violence as displayed by Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad has seemingly bypassed Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a U.S. military commander told Pentagon reporters today. "We have been fortunate in that we've not seen that level of sectarian violence in Nineveh province," said Col. Michael Shields, commander of the U.S. Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Shields gives credit for this positive state of affairs to the efforts of Gov. Duraid Mohammed Daud Abbodi Kashmoula and the senior Iraqi military and police officials serving in the province. "They have great outreach to...
  • Army lets a $127M contract to Gen. Dyn.

    07/05/2006 6:00:57 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 1 replies · 230+ views
    UPI ^ | 07/05/06
    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., July 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has placed a $127 million order for 103 additional Stryker wheeled combat vehicles from a unit of General Dynamics Corp. The order increases the Army's fiscal year 2006 Stryker procurement to a total of 409 vehicles, the company said Wednesday in a statement. Work will be performed in Anniston, Ala.; Lima, Ohio; and London, Ontario, Canada, by existing General Dynamics employees. Additionally, the U.S. Army awarded General Dynamics a $9.5 million contract modification to procure additional parts for Stryker vehicle battle damage repair. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights,...
  • The IFV Gets Wheeled Out

    06/19/2006 6:15:29 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 41 replies · 909+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | June 18, 2006
    Wheeled armored vehicles have become the hot item everywhere on the planet, especially in the last five years. The new American Stryker vehicle is just part of the trend. However, the success of the Stryker in Iraq has encouraged more orders for these vehicles, which are faster on roads, and cheaper and easier to maintain. The main manufacturers are Patria (Finnish), Steyr (Austrian, but owned by General Dynamics), Mowag (Austrian [Swiss], also owned by General Dynamics) and the BTR line (an old series of Russian vehicles, currently built by two Russian firms.) There are other manufacturers, but the above firms...
  • Officer who won't go to Iraq named

    06/07/2006 1:32:55 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 98 replies · 2,169+ views
    The Olympian Online ^ | June 06, 2006
    1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada of Honolulu is expected to announce Wednesday that he will not be going to Iraq with his Fort Lewis Stryker brigade. Watada’s father, former Hawaii campaign spending commission executive director Bob Watada, made the announcement. Local anti-war groups working with the younger Watada previously would not release the man’s name to The Olympian. “My son has a great deal of courage, and clearly understands what is right, and what is wrong,” Bob Watada told the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper. “He’s choosing to do the right thing, which is a hard course.” Ehren Watada, 28, is not...
  • Anti-War Protesters Pepper Sprayed at Port of Olympia

    05/30/2006 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Cliff Dweller · 60 replies · 1,266+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 30, 2006 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Washington — Police fired pepper spray as about 150 anti-war protesters tried to enter the Port of Olympia as part of ongoing demonstrations against the shipment of Army equipment to Iraq. Protesters chanted "Out of Olympia, Out of Iraq" as they rocked a chain-link gate to the port late Monday, and at least three tried to use wooden boards to pry the gate open, The Olympian newspaper reported. A 50-ton piece of equipment was moved to reinforce the gate on the other side. Police and sheriff's deputies clad in riot gear fired at least four rounds of pepper spray...
  • No 'rude awakening' this time (Stryker Brigade)

    05/10/2006 5:58:59 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 58 replies · 1,223+ views
    The News-Tribune ^ | 8 MAY 06 | Michael Gilbert
    All the major training is done. The vehicles will be loaded onto ships later this month at the Port of Olympia, and by the end of next month, the Army’s first Stryker brigade will be on its way back to Iraq. Nearly half the 4,000 soldiers in the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division were with the unit the first time it went over in November 2003. Their experience, and that of the two Stryker brigades that succeeded them, have informed preparations different from the last time, the Fort Lewis-based soldiers say. “Before, we went over thinking we knew what was...
  • Stryker ramps up to unveil Mobile Gun System

    05/10/2006 2:30:10 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 57 replies · 1,287+ views
    Army News Service ^ | May 9, 2006 | Annette Fournier
    Stryker ramps up to unveil Mobile Gun System By Annette FournierMay 9, 2006 FORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, May 9, 2006) – The newest version of the Stryker vehicle, designed to provide fire power to Infantry units, will be unveiled May 15 at Fort Knox's Armor Warfighting Symposium. The development of the Mobile Gun System is being managed by Fort Benning's Training and Doctrine Command System Manager-Stryker/Bradley. The system was developed to meet the infantry’s need for a highly mobile support vehicle to supply rapid, direct fire, specifically during close assaults, said Dave Rogers, a TSM-Stryker senior analyst....
  • Trophy Active Protection System

    04/17/2006 1:25:54 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 523+ views
    International Online Defense ^ | 6 January 2006 | Unknown
    The Trophy active protection system creates something equivalent to a hemispheric "force field" around the protected vehicle. It has three elements providing – Threat Detection and Tracking, Launching and Intercept functions. The Threat Detection and Warning subsystem consists of several sensors, including flat-panel radars, placed at strategic locations around the protected vehicle, to provide full hemispherical coverage. Once an incoming threat is detected identified and verified, the Countermeasure Assembly is opened, the countermeasure device is positioned in the direction where it can effectively intercept the threat. Then, it is launched automatically into a ballistic trajectory to intercept the incoming threat...
  • Troops border deployment helped catch illegal aliens

    03/28/2006 3:45:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 577+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March 28, 2006 | Jerry Seper
    <p>The deployment of federal troops along the U.S.-Mexico border in October netted a 60 percent increase in apprehensions of illegal aliens by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, a congressional report says.</p> <p>The report given this month to the Senate Armed Services Committee says a Texas-based Stryker-armored reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition squadron helped CBP agents capture 2,000 illegal border crossers in New Mexico and Arizona.</p>
  • Iraqi Soldiers, Police Graduate From Training

    03/07/2006 3:28:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Multinational Force Iraq news
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2006 – More than 150 police recruits and a company's worth of Iraqi soldiers graduated from training in Iraq in recent days. A graduation ceremony was held for Iraqi soldiers of the newly formed Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, at the Al Kindi military compound in Mosul, Iraq, March 5. The company is made up of three specialized platoons. The scout platoon, the medical platoon and the maintenance platoon were individually tasked to complete their specific skills training, U.S. officials in Mosul said. U.S. soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade...
  • Stryker Clones Displace Tracks in Europe

    03/02/2006 3:50:36 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 67 replies · 1,320+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | March 2, 2006
    More and more European armies, whether in NATO or not, are going over to wheeled armored vehicles. Some are likely to abandon tracked armored vehicles entirely, given current mission requirements (i.e., the increasing demands for troops trained and equipped for "peace and stability" operations). Among armies that have adopted or have announced that they will adopt wheeled armored vehicles are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Span, and Switzerland. In addition, a number of other armies outside of Europe are taking this route, either wholly or in part, including Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S., as...
  • A Sense of Where You Are

    03/01/2006 7:31:21 PM PST · by strategofr · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 27, 2006
    The use of the new Stryker wheeled armored vehicle in Iraq has accelerated the development of the new "Land Warrior" equipment for the infantry. The Strykers were using a partial set of the "Mounted Warrior" equipment. Put simply, the Land Warrior gear is a wearable computer/GPS/radio combination, plus improvements in body armor and uniform design. The original, 1990s, Land Warrior concept was a lot more ambitious. But this version had a science fiction air about it, and was not expected to appear for two decades or more. The brass eventually got more realistic, especially since September 11, 2001. That, plus...
  • Army testing unmanned Stryker convoys

    02/21/2006 3:36:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 789+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Larry Edmond
    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Army News Service, Feb. 21, 2006) -- Engineers conducting show-and-tell with a 20-ton robot on the last day of two weeks of trials on Fort Gordon were cautiously optimistic. Karl Murphy, a software engineer from Robotic Research, said there was a new principle of “Murphy’s Law” at work on the test field Feb. 10. "One of my professors reminded us that we have 'sight-ons' present whenever an experiment is being viewed,” Murphy said. “The more 'sight-ons' you have, the greater is the potential for something to go wrong." Tongue in cheek, he continued explaining that sight-on fields...
  • Betraying Our Troops: Procuring more useless weapons systems

    02/03/2006 6:53:01 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 258 replies · 2,883+ views
    The One Republic ^ | Ralph Peters
    <p>If you found your hilltop house on fire, would you (A) put out the flames, or (B) buy flood insurance? If your answer is "B," you're suited for a job in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).</p> <p>At a time when our Army and Marines bear by far the heaviest load of our nation's security burdens, OSD proposes reducing the number of soldiers to free up funds for wasteful Cold-War-era weapons systems.</p>
  • Stryker Light Sales Soar in Europe

    02/09/2006 4:43:25 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 75 replies · 2,279+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | February 9, 2006
    Yet another European nation is replacing its Cold War era armored vehicles, with wheeled vehicles similar to the American Stryker. Belgium has ordered 241 Piranha IIIC vehicles. This vehicle is based on the Piranha III LAV, long used by the U.S. Marines. These vehicles were designed by Mowag of Switzerland, a company now owned by General Dynamics. The 14 ton, 8x8 vehicle has a maximum road speed of 100 kilometers an hour. Belgium is getting several variants of the vehicle, (99 infantry carriers, 32 armed with a 30-mm autocannon, 40 with a 90-mm cannon., 24 command vehicles, 12 ambulances, 17...
  • Up to $307M to General Dynamics for LAV Vehicles

    02/07/2006 7:39:29 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 7 replies · 616+ views
    General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI received a $128.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) and Supporting Logistics and Engineering Products. According to General Dynamics, this is increment of a $257 million contract for 130 new eight-wheeled LAV-A2 vehicles in armored personnel (LAV-PC), anti-tank (LAV-AT), command & control (LAV-C2), logistics (LAV-L), and mortar (presumably LAV-EFSS) variants for the U.S. Marine Corps. Note that these are improved variants of the the LAV Gen II models used by the Marines et. al. since the 1980s, rather than LAV IIIs which are called Stykers in the USA. These eight-wheeled...
  • New Stryker Variants Gear Up for Testing

    02/02/2006 2:41:42 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 28 replies · 1,456+ views
    General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI received a $24.5 million contract for spare parts that are unique to the two newest Stryker variants: the M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) and the M1135 Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV). This contract funds procurement of initial unique spares for the first-time fielding of these two variants, and has a total potential value of $50 million if all options are exercised. So, how does this fit into the evolution of the USA's Stryker vehicle family, and future production plans? The Stryker MGS and NBCRV variants entered low-rate initial production...
  • Stryker brigade may get first Romania rotation

    01/30/2006 10:54:05 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 27 replies · 827+ views
    Stars and Stripes, European edition ^ | January 28, 2006 | Charlie Coon
    Editor’s note: A clarification to this story has been issued since its original publication. HEIDELBERG, Germany — The first U.S. forces to rotate into the future training facility in Romania will likely be from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker), probably some time in the summer of 2007. The Stryker brigade is expected to relocate this year from Fort Lewis, Wash., to Grafenwöhr. One of its battalions plus a few other units are expected to go to Romania for the initial rotation, according to Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, the U.S. Army Europe deputy chief of staff for operations. In the summer...
  • Once more to war, with no regrets

    01/27/2006 10:03:32 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 69 replies · 1,612+ views
    The Tacoma News Tribune ^ | January 27th, 2006 | MICHAEL GILBERT
    On Lt. Damon Armeni’s last trip to Iraq, they weren’t sure he’d survive the medical evacuation flight home. Shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade had ripped into his abdomen. He lost his spleen and sections of his colon and intestines. He spent long stretches in the hospital to fight infection. Doctors broke four of his toes and fused the bones together to counter the nerve damage that was causing them to curl up like a claw. And now he’s getting ready to go back to the war zone. He wants to do it. Ever since he was a little kid, he’s...
  • Heavy metal displayed at auto show

    01/26/2006 4:53:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 860+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | John Reese
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 26, 2006) Amidst the 800 shiny new cars at the 2006 Washington D.C. Auto Show, the Stryker stands out like a sturdy green oak in a flower garden. “We’re here in support of recruiting command and basically to show the taxpayers what they’re getting for their money,” said Randall R. Rankin, spokesperson for the Stryker display. “It’s big, it’s green, it’s got a gun on it, and it draws a crowd.” The purpose of the display is to showcase the Army’s newest capabilities, the Stryker family of vehicles being one of the newer vehicles in...
  • Russian Slat Armor

    01/24/2006 7:18:06 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 66 replies · 7,805+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | January 24, 2006
    When the Stryker entered service in Iraq with it’s slat armor “cage” (to protect against RPGs), there was some criticism, and some crude humor, directed at that particular rig. But the slat armor did the job, and now Russia is offering it’s similar BTR-80 vehicle, equipped with slat armor. While the United States abandoned wheeled armored vehicles after World War II, Russia kept theirs, and constantly improved their BTR series. While not as heavy, or as high tech, as the American Stryker, the BTR vehicles are popular with many nations, especially for use by police and paramilitary forces. The current...
  • Strykers Refurbished After Iraq

    01/11/2006 12:13:44 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 37 replies · 1,315+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | January 11, 2006
    January 11, 2006: The U.S. Army’s new Stryker wheeled armored vehicle has been in Iraq for over two years now. The first Stryker brigade left its 299 Stryker vehicles in Iraq, when the troops finished their one year tour. Now, after two years, those vehicles are being brought home and refurbished. Seven percent of the vehicles got banged up pretty bad, mostly by roadside bombs. These had to be rebuilt. Those 299 Strkyers averaged about 24,000 kilometers a year. Some put in close to 110,000 kilometers. Military wheeled vehicles operating in that part of the world are in need of...
  • Soldier averts tragedy for Iraqi family

    12/19/2005 8:07:38 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies · 1,341+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | December 18th, 2005 | Margaret Friedenauer
    MOSUL, Iraq—U.S. Army Spc. Lucas Crowe didn’t know what to expect Saturday when he arrived at the home of 2-year-old Muhammad. Two days earlier, Crowe revived the boy after he nearly drowned in a flooded basement. He hadn’t gotten word on whether Muhammad was still alive or suffering lasting effects after he was taken to a hospital by Iraqi paramedics. Crowe and other soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of the 172 Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited the family’s home Saturday in hopes of finding out how the boy was doing. They didn’t know if he was still...
  • Back from war, Stryker vehicles get refit

    12/18/2005 8:21:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,676+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 18, 2005 | Associated Press
    Associated Press FORT LEWIS — After logging thousands of miles during their first two years in Iraq, the Army's Stryker vehicles are getting an overhaul before being sent back with soldiers. The eight-wheeled, armored vehicles are being worked on by mechanics from General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., which made the Strykers and has a $69 million Army contract to restore them. Maintenance is taking place at this post south of Seattle and at a company yard in Auburn. The Strykers arrived home by ship in late October. They were used for a year in Iraq by the 3rd Brigade, 2nd...
  • Anatomy of a Stryker (VANITY)

    12/16/2005 3:42:40 PM PST · by Future Snake Eater · 27 replies · 2,953+ views
    My DVR/e-mail ^ | 16 DEC 05 | Future Snake Eater
    Sorry about the shameless vanity, but I just wanted to let my fellow FReepers know about a show on Discovery's Military Channel that will be airing tonight called "Anatomy of a Stryker." It's supposed to go into detail about the development and applications of the vehicle. A camera crew filming for this show followed my Stryker company around during a company live fire exercise a few months back, so I figured I'd put in a promotional plug for my kick-@$$ Soldiers. If they show any video of a hard-chargin' infantry platoon clearing a trench, those're MY guys at work! Anyways,...
  • Journalist Embedded with the 172nd Stryker Brigade "Everything I thought I knew was wrong."

    12/14/2005 9:10:09 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 76 replies · 3,323+ views
    Daily News Miner ^ | December 14th, 2005 | Margaret Friedenauer
    Considering another side Think about everything you’ve heard about the conditions in Iraq, the role of U.S. forces, the multi-layered complexities of the war. Then think again. I’m a journalist. I read the news everyday, from several sources. I have the luxury of reading stuff newspapers don’t always have room to print. I read every tidbit I could on Iraq and the war before coming. Everything I thought I knew was wrong. Maybe not wrong, but certainly different than the picture in my head. I liken it to this; It was real struggle for me to choose to see the...
  • Fourth Stryker Brigade soldier killed in Iraq

    11/22/2005 11:47:46 AM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies · 616+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 21, 2005 | Rosemary Shinohara
    Fourth Stryker Brigade soldier killed in Iraq MOSUL: 21-year-old Chicago-area private was stationed at Wainwright. By ROSEMARY SHINOHARA Anchorage Daily News Published: November 21, 2005 Last Modified: November 21, 2005 at 02:19 AM A 21-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade was killed Saturday while on patrol in Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Army announced Sunday. Pvt. Christopher Alcozer, from the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, joined the Army last January and had been stationed at Fort Wainwright since May.
  • Cochise County sheriff’s son with Stryker unit training, working in New Mexico

    11/20/2005 12:12:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 697+ views
    COLUMBUS, N.M. — For Capt. Brendon Dever, the landscape he reviewed from a knoll was almost like home. Born and raised in Arizona, Dever was recently in New Mexico taking part in Operation Western Vigil, a mission supporting the U.S. Border Patrol in locating illegal activities crossing the international boundary. The soldiers are not authorized to apprehend any illegal immigrants or drug smugglers, but they do provide information of where those engaged in illegal activities are located. “We are the gathers of intelligence,” Dever said. Dever is the S-2, the intelligence officer, for C Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment...
  • Kuwait-based Navy SEAL Reservist is building armored vehicles for Iraqi combat

    11/14/2005 6:56:50 AM PST · by Moonraker · 10 replies · 1,464+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 11, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Berman was supposed to be part of the Blackwater team that was in Fallujah on that ill-fated day. But a last minute schedule change placed him in the south of Iraq at Camp Bucca, near Umm Qasr. On the highway to Baghdad the following day, Berman received the phone call: A Blackwater detail had been hit. Four men were dead.
  • Strykers make a difference in Mosul

    11/12/2005 3:48:57 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 36 replies · 1,601+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 11, 2005 | MARGARET FRIEDENAUER
    Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team have been bringing down some big names in the terrorist organization al-Qaida. The 2-1 is stationed mainly in Mosul and have captured more than 180 suspected terrorists in the nearly three months since the brigade left Alaska. Lt. Col. Charles Webster, commander of the 2-1, spoke with reporters Thursday from Iraq and described a recent operation that he said crippled an al-Qaida cell in Mosul. Webster said since the brigade arrived in Iraq in August and in Mosul a few weeks later, soldiers have found what...
  • Stryker Soldiers Patrol Streets of Mosul

    10/28/2005 4:37:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 557+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp
    U.S. Army Spc. Kirk B. Hubbard, radio telephone operator, Company A, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Richardson, Alaska, hands candy to Iraqi school children during a patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 20, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp | More photos Stryker Soldiers Patrol Streets of Mosul U.S. soldiers assigned to a Stryker unit patrol Mosul's streets and talk with residents to learn more about their concerns. By U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp Multinational Corps-Iraq MOSUL, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2005 — Today the streets of Mosul are crowded with...
  • Stryker Brigade Uncovers Huge Weapon Caches Near Eurphrates River

    10/22/2005 6:42:43 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 64 replies · 2,320+ views
    CENCOM ^ | 10/21/05 | Andre Hance
    MOSUL, Iraq – Multi-National Forces from 172nd Infantry Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) uncovered 10 weapons caches and detained 16 suspected terrorists during two operations in northern Iraq Oct. 17-18. Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment detained 16 suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache during a raid near Rawah along the Euphrates River Oct. 17. The cache included mortar aiming stakes, mortar launching equipment, mortar propellant, and explosive paraphernalia. Soldiers from the 4-14th Cavalry also seized nine weapons caches during search operations near Rawah Oct. 17-18. The caches included over 600 various artillery rounds, over 700 various mortar...
  • Why Stryker Succeeded

    10/13/2005 1:22:12 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 46 replies · 2,437+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | October 12, 2005
    When the Stryker wheeled armored vehicle was introduced three years ago, it promptly became a criticism magnet. That’s not unusual. There hasn’t been a new armored American vehicle in the last three decades that was able to enter service free of savage criticism. The Stryker had an advantage, as it was able to go off to war as soon as the first Stryker units were formed. Even most critics agree that combat is the final arbiter of which weapons really work, and which don’t. The Stryker promptly became enormously popular with its users. What made the Stryker a battlefield success...
  • Forces strike terrorists in northern Iraq

    10/04/2005 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 364+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 4, 2005 | unattributed
    MOSUL, Iraq (Army News Service, Oct. 3, 2005) – Iraqi security forces and Soldiers from Task Force Freedom detained 49 suspected terrorists, killed two insurgents, injured another two, and seized weapons during operations in northern Iraq Sep. 30 - Oct. 3. Nine individuals suspected of terrorist activity were detained during a cordon and search operation in western Mosul Oct. 2. In central Mosul on the same day, three individuals suspected of terrorist activity were detained by Iraqi police alongside Soldiers from the 2/1 Infantry Regiment during a cordon and search operation. The Task Force Freedom Soldiers involved the operations were...
  • US Soldiers Save Lives, Discover Large Weapons Caches

    09/26/2005 7:52:25 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 849+ views
    CAMP STRYKER, Iraq – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers uncovered a large weapons cache in the outskirts of western Baghdad while conducting a morning patrol on Sept. 24. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, have been successful in finding weapons caches within their area of operations. In less than a month they have found six weapons caches of significant size, two of which were extremely large. Capt. James H. Alexander, Jr., an operations officer with 2nd Bn, 130 Inf. Regt., attributes this success to the troops on the ground. “I’m very impressed with these Soldiers, they...
  • Stryker Brigade off to heroic start

    09/12/2005 5:44:27 AM PDT · by murdocj · 11 replies · 614+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | 09/12/2005 | J.M. SIMPSON
    MOSUL, Iraq--The lives of Capt. Patrick Williams, Sgt. 1st Class Karl Zaglauer and Staff Sgt. Nick Malich intersected several nights ago in this northern Iraq town during a patrol. Malich might be dead had he not met the two soldiers from Alaska. Williams and Zaglauer serve with 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Richardson. Malich is attached to the Fort Lewis, Wash., Stryker team that is returning home. As the 172nd prepares to take over, its soldiers have taken "rides" with Fort Lewis Iraq veterans to familiarize themselves with their new duties. During a recent reconnaissance patrol in...
  • Stryker Soldiers Secure Iraqi Neighborhoods

    08/25/2005 4:29:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 568+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 25, 2005 | Army Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp
    Whether on foot patrol, or from a Stryker, the Weapons Squad checks out certain hot spots one neighborhood at a time MOSUL, Iraq, Aug. 25, 2005 – They’re loaded to the hilt with weapons, armor and ammunition. They roll out in their Stryker Light Armored Vehicle to beat the 120-degree-streets, smiling, waiving, and keeping rapport with the locals. They are also searching, detaining, confiscating. Anything to accomplish the mission. "We’ve had vehicles hit with IEDs, have all 8 tires blown off, and still the vehicle drove back to camp on just the rims. You can hardly do damage to the...