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  • [Story from April 2015] Soldiers Being FORCED to Remove Combat Patches From Uniforms

    03/05/2016 1:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 82 replies
    Soldiers are livid after being told to remove their combat patches in an attempt to be “welcoming” to new recruits. It’s an insane move that goes against the unofficial combat patch creed: “You earn it. You keep it. You wear it.” But that’s apparently the policy now for Fort Carson’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers are told to strip their uniforms bare to the bone, only showing the name, rank, American Flag, U.S. Army tape and the 4th Infantry Division insignia, the Army Times is reporting. According to officials, the move is designed to promote a “unified army culture.”...
  • Stryker platoons learning to deal with different enemy, faltering equipment

    01/25/2014 3:47:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 24, 2014 | Adam Ashton
    Lt. Tyler Tessman awoke in the desert one day this week with two problems. He had to rethink a tough training mission that stacked the odds against his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker platoon. And he had to consider the possibility that his team might be grounded before he could even start on the battle plan. Three of the four Strykers vehicles in his platoon were immobilized — one from too many busted tires, one from a broken axle and one from an assortment of safety issues that made it undrivable.
  • AP source: Afghan shooter was from Stryker brigade

    03/12/2012 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 12, 2012 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.
  • Army to phase in tan-colored Stryker vehicles

    10/25/2009 6:34:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 31 replies · 1,964+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 26, 2009 | By Drew Brown,
    ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan — More than six years after sending the first Stryker armored vehicles into desert combat, the Army has decided that it’s probably a good idea to start painting them tan so they will blend in with the environments in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Safeguarding soldiers is the primary purpose for this color change,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Peter Butts, commander of the 1st Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, who announced the change in a news release from Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, earlier this month. “Strykers will blend into surroundings better. They’re less likely to stand out...
  • Ships, Planes Deliver Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan

    08/21/2009 4:23:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 626+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – Military transportation experts used ships and planes to deploy an Army combat unit that arrived in Afghanistan last month, marking a notable milestone for U.S. Transportation Command. The 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis, Wash., began departing from nearby Tacoma by ship in early May; the unit’s equipment arrived in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province July 25, about five days earlier than requested by U.S. Central Command, Army Lt. Col. John Kaylor, a transportation expert assigned to Transcom’s headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said yesterday. More than 3,800 troops and 900 pieces...
  • Strykers Gear Up for New Mission in Afghanistan

    02/19/2009 4:26:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 494+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2009 – The Army’s Stryker armored vehicle will get its first crack at the resurgent Taliban and terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan this summer when the 2nd Infantry Division’s 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team hits the ground there. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, said at a Pentagon news conference yesterday that he specifically requested the Stryker brigade for its versatility. “I asked for a Stryker capability, with one of the brigade combat teams, so that it could provide the mobility, the situational awareness, the protection,” McKiernan...
  • DoD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

    02/17/2009 3:52:57 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 8 replies · 744+ views
    DoD Defense Link ^ | 17 February 2009 | DoD
    Pursuant to President Obama’s decision today, Secretary Gates ordered the deployment of two additional combat units, totaling more than 12,000 troops, to Afghanistan. The 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), from Camp Lejeune, N.C., with approximately 8,000 Marines will deploy to Afghanistan in late Spring 2009. The 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Ft. Lewis, Wash., will deploy approximately 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in mid-summer 2009. This Stryker Brigade and the MEB will deploy to increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Approximately 5,000 additional troops to support these combat forces will receive deployment orders at a...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Three Enemy Fighters

    05/02/2008 6:12:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 61+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 2, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces killed at least three enemy fighters, captured 55 suspects, and seized weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. In Iraq today: -- Coalition troops detained four suspected terrorists during raids in Mosul targeting members of the local al-Qaida in Iraq network responsible for attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces. -- Using information gleaned in previous operations, coalition forces detained four suspected terrorists in a separate raid in Mosul. -- Iraqi and coalition forces captured two wanted men and two additional suspects 15 miles northwest of Baghdad. One...
  • Anti-war demonstrators protest military ship unloading in Olympia

    11/09/2007 7:21:52 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 1,460+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2007
    Anti-war protests have returned to the Port of Olympia with the unloading of a military ship bearing Army gear from a Stryker Brigade that recently returned to nearby Fort Lewis from Iraq. According to an initial news release Sunday from Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, the group at first did not plan to try to block cargo from being sent from the port to the Army post ... Late Monday, however, after the arrival of 950-foot roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel, group leaders said a series of votes and discussions resulted in a change in strategy. "As long as the war in...
  • Brigade pride,joy on display(PICS)

    10/12/2007 3:46:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 306+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | October 12th, 2007 | MICHAEL GILBERT
    Emotional ceremony officially welcomes Stryker soldiers home The soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division got their formal welcome home Thursday at Fort Lewis in an emotional ceremony that saw dozens of their wounded rejoin the ranks, and seven of their heroes decorated for valor – one of them posthumously. “I am as proud of these soldiers in front of you as anything I’ve been associated with in my life,” their commander, Col. Stephen Townsend, told several thousand friends and family members who attended Thursday’s celebration at Gray Army Airfield.“I know you all are just as proud of them.”Nearly...
  • Fort Lewis Community Pays Tribute to Fallen Stryker Brigade Soldiers

    08/30/2007 4:45:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 256+ views
    FORT LEWIS, Wash., Aug. 30, 2007 – Members of the Fort Lewis community paid a somber tribute yesterday to two of their own killed in recent combat operations in Iraq. About 250 friends and family, fellow soldiers and community members gathered in the base’s Evergreen Chapel to honor Cpl. Shawn D. Hensel and Cpl. Willard M. Powell. Both soldiers were members of the 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s 4th Brigade, both hailed from the Hoosier state and both were buried Aug. 25 near their respective hometowns. Hensel, 20, of Logansport, Ind., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry...
  • SV soldier’s camera work in Iraq lands her TV spot

    08/24/2007 6:20:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 463+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — It was 3 o’clock on a January morning when a convoy of Stryker vehicles rolled out of this protected American base near the main Baghdad airport. The discovery of 27 bodies on a part of Haifa Street, a meandering road that also goes through the Green Zone or, as it is now called, International Zone, meant it was time to help the Iraqis take back what has been called one of Baghdad’s meanest and toughest areas, a place, according to news reports, even henchmen of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein avoided. Sgt. Holly Jensen of the...
  • Blast kills Jersey Shore GI [Specialist Kareem R. Khan]

    08/17/2007 12:08:16 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 20 replies · 2,304+ views
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | 8/10/2007 | SHRUTI L. MATHUR
    Blast kills Jersey Shore GI Friday, August 10, 2007 By SHRUTI L. MATHUR [Manahawkin, NJ] -- When it came to a post-high school career decision, there was nothing Kareem R. Khan wanted to do other than join the Army. Spurred by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Khan, a 2005 graduate of Southern Regional High School, wanted to show that not all Muslims were fanatics and that many, like him, were willing to lay their lives down for their country, America. He enlisted immediately after graduation and was sent to Iraq in July 2006. So when his...
  • Senate gives OK for reimbursing Stryker families

    09/09/2006 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies · 462+ views
    Fairbanks News-Miner ^ | September 9, 2006 | Sam Bishop
    WASHINGTON–The U.S. Senate has voted to let the Army reimburse families of 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team soldiers for unusual expenses caused by their recent Iraq service extension. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said Friday he proposed the amendment at the request of the military. Stevens said Army officials were concerned they might not have the legal authority to reimburse families. They had promised to cover the cost of hotels and airline tickets that the families had bought in anticipation of the 172nd soldiers returning to Fort Wainwright. "With the 172nd coming home, those families had made plans for vacations, to...
  • Tiger Team attacks 172nd SBCT extension challenges (True or False?)

    08/21/2006 4:15:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 375+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | Spc. Dale Sweetnam
    FT WAINWRIGHT (Army News Service, Aug. 18, 2006) -- When the extension of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team to Iraq was announced, the Department of the Army responded by deploying a Tiger Team to Fort Wainwright to begin working Soldier and family issues. The Tiger team got down to business Aug. 4 and worked long hours before leaving last weekend. While at Fort Wainwright, the Tiger Team confronted a variety of issues affecting deployed Soldiers and their families. “This is the top priority of the Army’s leadership,” Col. Dennis Dingle, chief of the DA Tiger Team said. “We are...
  • 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...
  • US sending 300 newly returned troops back to Iraq

    08/14/2006 9:56:24 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies · 1,698+ views
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 14, 2006 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - About 300 U.S. soldiers who just weeks ago returned home to Alaska after a year in Iraq are being ordered back to try to help bolster security in Baghdad, the U.S. Army said on Monday. The soldiers are part of the 3,900-strong 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Wainwright in Alaska. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on July 27 ordered the unit to remain in Iraq for up to four months past its scheduled departure. The order provoked anger and disappointment among some of the soldiers' families in Alaska. It also made clear that any...
  • 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...
  • Tour extension wreaks havoc upon Stryker soldiers’ lives

    08/05/2006 6:55:24 AM PDT · by Bulldaddy · 81 replies · 1,563+ views
    Stryker News ^ | August 3, 2006 | Sean D. Naylor
    BAGHDAD — The extension to the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s Iraq deployment has sown chaos in the personal lives of many soldiers in the brigade’s cavalry squadron and imposed tremendous logistical burdens on the unit, problems that could have been avoided, soldiers say, if only the Defense Department had given them a little more warning. The 172nd deployed to Iraq in August 2005 and the bulk of the unit was due to return to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, early this month. But the Pentagon announced July 27 that it was extending the 172nd’s deployment for up to 120 days and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Stryker Brigade kill terrorists everyday !

    07/09/2005 3:23:46 PM PDT · by iso · 22 replies · 731+ views
    One terrorist dead, five suspects detained by MNF (TFF Press Release) MOSUL, IRAQ (July 5, 2005) – Multi-National Forces from Task Force Freedom killed one terrorist and detained five suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq Monday. Read the Entire Entry...» While patrolling in Tal Afar, Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment killed one terrorist attempting to place an improvised explosive device. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment patrolling in northern Mosul, detained three individuals placing an IED. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity at a checkpoint in eastern...
  • Terrorists dead following attack on Security Forces

    05/30/2005 2:36:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies · 1,639+ views
    MOSUL , Iraq – Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) killed several terrorists and captured four people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities in northern Iraq Sunday in combined operations with Iraqi Security Forces. Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment were attacked by terrorists while conducting a raid in a village in northern Al Anbar Province. Iraqi Army and U.S. 2-14th Soldiers quickly overwhelmed the enemy. Following the attack, the units also discovered a weapons cache inside the building the terrorists had used. The suspects are in custody with no MNF or ISF injuries reported.
  • Brigade soldiers rescue pair of Iraqi hostages

    05/26/2005 4:10:18 PM PDT · by saquin · 8 replies · 564+ views
    Tacoma News-Tribune ^ | 5/26/05 | Matt Misterek
    MOSUL, Iraq – They’ve uncovered caches of enemy weapons and flushed out a variety of shady characters since coming to Iraq last fall. But the most astonishing find of the war for several Tacoma-area soldiers turned up this week in a secret room behind a bookshelf in a northeast Mosul basement. Following a tip from an Iraqi source, Stryker troops rescued two handcuffed and hooded citizens from a squalid concrete-block room. One of the captives was an Iraqi government official who works closely with American forces. He had been missing 58 days, said officials with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry...
  • IRAQ: Alleged Al-Zarqawi Tape Assures Victory ~ Urges Iraqis to Prepare for Struggle

    01/20/2005 5:12:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 586+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 20, 2005 at 17:03:57 PST | MARIAM FAM
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - 0120iraq Iraq's most feared terror leader called on his followers Thursday to show patience and prepare for a long struggle against the Americans, promising in an audiotape posted on the Internet that "ferocious wars ... take their time" but victory was assured. Elsewhere, U.S. troops launched fresh raids around the northern city of Mosul, killing five suspected insurgents, in a bid to rein in guerrillas and safeguard the Jan. 30 national elections. Iraqi forces sealed off main routes into Baghdad a day after a wave of deadly car bombings. The 90-minute message, purportedly from Abu Musab...
  • NEWS FROM THE FRONT (vanity)

    01/04/2005 5:57:07 PM PST · by airborne · 191 replies · 4,348+ views
    I have been posting this elsewhere, but I'm getting so much information (and hope to collect info from others) that I wanted to start a seperate thread to keep you informed and, maybe, help my mental health by sharing.
  • Attack on Mess Hall in Iraq 10? dead

    12/21/2004 5:31:14 AM PST · by ChefKeith · 308 replies · 13,447+ views
    Fox News Channel | 12/21/04 | ChefKeith
    Just mentioned on FNC: Dining facility on U.S. Base in Iraq hit by rocket attack- 10 dead Waiting for more info...
  • Stryker brigade gets new leader [Col. Stephen Townsend takes over from Col. Mike Rounds]

    12/02/2004 1:31:54 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 5 replies · 736+ views
    The News Tribune [Tacoma WA] ^ | Dec 2, 2004 | MICHAEL GILBERT
    MICHAEL GILBERT/THE NEWS TRIBUNE FILE Col. Mike Rounds, facing camera, meets Gen. John Abizaid, right, commander of the U.S. Central Command, in Mosul, Iraq, in January. Rounds gave up command of the first Stryker brigade Wednesday. The man who led the Army's first Stryker brigade from the training ranges at Fort Lewis to the streets of Mosul, Iraq, and back again handed over command Wednesday. Col. Mike Rounds led the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division for 29 months. "As much as I'd love to stay, the Army's got a system," the 45-year-old infantry officer said in an interview Wednesday. Brigade...
  • Stryker thoughts (Alaska)

    11/15/2004 8:08:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 709+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 14, 2004 | opinion
    Alaskans watching the nightly news out of Iraq last week, particularly from the cities of Fallujah and Mosul, might not think there's much of a connection to this state. There is. And while it's not highly visible yet, it could be unmistakable next year. The connection comes in watching and reading about the efforts of the new Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Lewis, Wash. Alaskans should prepare to see this state's Stryker Brigade fighting in a similar situation. The Fort Lewis unit, actually the second Stryker unit deployed from that Army post, encountered heavy fighting in Mosul and...
  • Prayer Request

    11/13/2004 12:22:46 PM PST · by snowtigger · 40 replies · 628+ views
    I just went and got a haircut. My barber is a very nice Thai lady whom I've been seeing for about ten years. Her son is in Iraq. He called to let her know he has been ordered to Mosul. Please put him on your prayer list. His name is PFC Peter T. Notkin, C Co 1/24 INF. He drives a Stryker armored vehicle. Please keep him and ALL our kids in prayer. His mother is very proud of him and terrified at the same time.
  • Wounded bodies, hero hearts

    10/17/2004 12:35:48 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 399+ views
    News Tribune - Tacoma, WA ^ | October 17, 2004 | Michael Gilbert
    Wounded bodies, hero hearts Buoyed by Army iron will, Stryker soldiers and their loved ones struggle to make their families whole when some of the pieces never come home MICHAEL GILBERT; The News TribuneSunday, October 17th, 2004 12:01 AM (PDT) Dean J. Koepfler | The News TribuneSgt. Scott Throson's wife, Tiffany, and daughter, Alyson, visit him in a Washington, D.C., military hospital. b dean j. koepfler/The News Tribune michael gilbert/The News Tribune Tacoma native and Stryker Lt. Damon Armeni, second from left, lost his spleen and parts of his colon and intestine when a grenade exploded Aug. 4 in...
  • New Americans

    10/16/2004 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 459+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Saturday, October 16, 2004 | BETH IPSEN
    U.S. Army Sgt. Reyes Fernandez was already an American citizen in his heart, now he's one on paper. As an infantryman, Fernandez has been willing to sacrifice his life for a country of which he wasn't a citizen. Fernandez--who moved to the United States from Honduras when he was 10--changed that on Friday. The 27-year-old was among a group that included 10 soldiers from Fort Wainwright, an Eielson Air Force Base airman and seven civilians who took an oath of allegiance to the United States at the post chapel. With their right hands raised, they swore to defend the Constitution...
  • First Stryker soldiers return

    10/06/2004 10:34:22 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 22 replies · 554+ views
    Tribnet - The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA ^ | October 6, 2004 | MICHAEL GILBERT
       First Stryker soldiers return MICHAEL GILBERT The News Tribune It was Lt. Ricky Vittitow’s job to deliver the good news, and then the bad news. “Ladies and gentlemen, the plane has landed,” he announced to the crowd assembled late Tuesday to greet the first 130 or so soldiers to return home after a year in Iraq with the Army’s first Stryker brigade.And then a few minutes later came word that the 130 or so soldiers would have to go through a customs inspection at McChord Air Force Base, a process that could take another couple hours. But after...
  • Goodbye, ordinary world ("Army's second Stryker brigade" deploying to Iraq)

    10/02/2004 2:53:23 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 23 replies · 856+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | October 1, 2004 | ANGIE LEVENTIS
       BRUCE KELLMAN | THE NEWS TRIBUNE Some blank-faced, some smiling, soldiers with the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment leave McChord Air Force Base on Thursday for Kuwait. The 400 or so men and women will eventually see combat in Iraq. They replace soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, who start returning next week. Goodbye, ordinary world ANGIE LEVENTIS; The News Tribune Lt. Daniel Burkhart spent the last few days before his deployment to Iraq with his parents who flew in from Massachusetts to say goodbye. His mother, Sandra Burkhart, didn't break down until it was time...
  • Artillery Soldiers accomplish it all while in Iraq

    09/29/2004 8:55:04 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 15 replies · 581+ views via Stryker News ^ | September 28, 2004 | Spc. Gretel Sharpee
    Artillery Soldiers accomplish it all while in Iraq [Link to Article]By Spc. Gretel SharpeeThe United States Army and its Soldiers remain the strongest fighting force in the world due to it’s flexibility to accommodate a changing battlefield. Nowhere is this flexibility more apparent than in field artillery units that are currently deployed overseas, like the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), who is making FOB Endurance their last stop before they redeploy to the states. The 1-37th, out of Fort Lewis, Wash., has spent the last 10 months serving in Iraq...
  • In The Service Of The Queen

    09/28/2004 1:05:00 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 13 replies · 457+ views
    cbftw (still blogging) via Stryker News ^ | September 28, 2004 | "Knute Lombatton" - CBFTW's Battalion Commander
    Tuesday, September 28, 2004 In The Service Of The Queen Here is an e-mail I recieved from my B.C.: CBFTW,Yours is a voice that many have heard. We have not simply heard what you have said; we have, and continue to, listen to what you are saying. Far too often we simply carry on an inner dialogue when someone else speaks to rehearse what we will say when they finish. This war on terrorism will be with us for some time, so I offer an open letter to the generation I will pass this burden on to. I believe...
  • Iraqi National Guard and Multi-National Forces foil roadside bomb, collect weapons

    09/27/2004 5:19:33 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 346+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | September 27, 2004
      Iraqi National Guard and Multi-National Forces foil roadside bomb, collect weapons Mosul, Iraq – The Iraqi National Guard and Multi-National Forces from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) foiled a roadside bomb and collected a variety of weapons and munitions Sunday in northern Iraq when they noticed a 155mm artillery round in the median of the road 20 kilometers north of Qayarrah. The Iraqi Explosive Ordnance Disposal team destroyed the round with no injuries reported. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment discovered a large weapons cache in western Mosul that consisted of one 100mm...

    09/10/2004 7:24:01 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 3 replies · 199+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | September 10, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 September 10, 2004Release Number: 04-09-25 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MULTI-NATIONAL FORCES, IRAQI NATIONAL GUARD CONTINUE OPERATIONS IN TAL AFAR MOSUL, Iraq – Multi-National Forces from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) and the Iraqi National Guard continued operations in Tal Afar Sept. 9. In other operations in northern Iraq, Soldiers detained 15 people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities and foiled a roadside bomb attack. Iraqi Security forces and Multi-National Forces in Tal Afar continue to work to establish...
  • Training center takes soldiers into high-tech scenarios - SBCT news

    09/02/2004 6:20:47 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 393+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, various - via ^ | September 2, 2004 | BETH IPSEN, various
    Article Published: Thursday, September 02, 2004 Training center takes soldiers into high-tech scenarios By BETH IPSEN, Staff Writer It's an adolescent's dream and an enemy's nightmare. They may look like video games, but some 700 computers at the newest state-of-the-art training facility at Fort Wainwright give soldiers a taste of war long before they step onto the battlefields. "This is what you need in your living room," Dennis Jones, a engagement skills trainer, said as he walked into a large room used for target practice: Camouflage netting hangs from the ceiling, guns sit on a platform with the muzzles...
  • Soldier Blog Shutdown? Stryker Diarist Stops Posting

    08/30/2004 5:55:08 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 64 replies · 1,894+ views
    Defense Today ^ | August 30 2004 | Nathan Hodge
    Sometimes success can spoil a good thing. A soldier with the Stryker brigade in Iraq who posted riveting online accounts of combat in Iraq has apparently made his last post, abruptly closing a Website that drew an untold number of readers. CBFTW—the pseudonym of the online diarist, an enlisted soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team—won a following for his frank, profane and often funny take on the life of a soldier in Iraq. He chronicled the tedium of a lengthy deployment and the occasional moments of sheer terror, including a vicious, but largely unpublicized,...
  • Washington FReepers: Ft. Lewis-bound and need advice (VANITY)

    08/28/2004 3:23:19 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 25 replies · 595+ views
    Yo | 28 AUG 04 | Future Snake Eater
    Pardon the vanity post, fellow FReepers, but my wife and I will be moving to the fine state of Washington in a few months, and we've started the house-hunt with little luck so far. I'll be stationed at Ft. Lewis in one of the Stryker Brigades, which I believe are in the northern parts of the post. I've been given the advice to look at Steilacoom and Dupont for good places to live north of Lewis. Do any of you agree/disagree? Is there a good realtor out there any of you could recommend (we're looking for a rental house). Thanks...
  • Vanity-"Guys Please Do what you can!!!" US Snipers Donations

    08/18/2004 7:28:02 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 1,067+ views
    My name is SGT John xxxxxx currently deployed to Mosul Iraq with the First Stryker Brigade as a company level Sniper. I have a three-man team. For some reason the Stryker brigade figured a three man team would be better than the traditional two-man team. It has been working well for us. We are able to maintain a better degree of security as well as sustain ourselves on longer missions. To tell you a little about myself i have been in the army for approximately 4 and 1/2 years. I have completed army sniper school and graduated honor grad. I...
  • Speedy Strykers Survive

    08/14/2004 6:18:50 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 39 replies · 1,673+ views ^ | August 14, 2004:
    A U.S. Army Stryker brigade stationed in the north of Iraq, around Mosul, for eight months now, has proved itself quite capable. The Stryker armored vehicles are controversial, as they are light armored vehicles that move via wheels, rather than tracks. The Stryker brigade equipment exchanged a lot of armor protection and heavy weapons for more electronics and communications equipment. The brigade has an initial version of the “battlefield Internet” that the army is slowly putting together. The action in and around Mosul is not as heavy as it is down around Baghdad. But there are heavily armed Baath party...
  • The pain and pride of war

    08/09/2004 10:23:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 251+ views
    Echo Press ^ | 8/9/04 | Celeste Beam
    THE PAIN ________ Shock, disbelief, sadness, anger, understanding. These were the emotions of Melinda Murley of Alexandria after hearing that her fiancé died in Iraq. Corporal Demetrius Lamont Rice, 24, of Ortonville died in a military vehicle accident on July 14 while serving as a soldier of the Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry. He was supposed to come home in October. They were supposed to be married the same month. Murley, also 24, described her fiancé as a very caring, loving guy who would always help out when he could. In 2001, Rice all of a sudden decided to sign up...
  • Stryker brigade slammed by insurgents

    08/10/2004 4:20:19 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 18 replies · 1,438+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | August 10, 2004 | MICHAEL GILBERT
    It didn't get much media coverage, but troops from the Fort Lewis-based Stryker brigade say fighting last Wednesday in Mosul was the heaviest and most sustained combat they've seen in their nine months in Iraq. Insurgents with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and improvised bombs fought a series of coordinated, running attacks against Stryker and Iraqi troops. One estimate put the number of attackers at 30 to 40, another at more than 100. Either way, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed an undetermined number of them - the official estimate is at least a dozen - while suffering no losses themselves. About...
  • Army bringing another Stryker brigade to Fort Lewis

    07/22/2004 9:27:46 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies · 834+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | 7/22/2004 | Associated Press
    FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) — The Army said Thursday it plans to transfer 3,900 troops from Fort Polk to Fort Lewis, Wash. to create another Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment are expected to arrive at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, during the next fiscal year, which runs from October 2004 to October 2005, said U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash. The move is part of the Army's transformation to a more mobile force and is centered around its new medium-weight Stryker vehicles. The Army's first two Stryker teams were based at Fort Lewis — one of...
  • Wolfowitz Visits Officials in Northern Iraq

    06/17/2004 12:52:45 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 7 replies · 1,129+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | June 17, 2004 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    Wolfowitz Visits Officials in Northern Iraq By Kathleen T. RhemAmerican Forces Press ServiceLAKE DOKAN, Iraq, June 17, 2004 – Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz visited several areas of northern Iraq today, spending time with U.S. military commanders and local leaders. At Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Mosul, officers of Multinational Brigade North briefed Wolfowitz on security issues facing the area, relationships with the local population, and the performance of Iraqi security forces. A senior Task Force Olympia officer told Wolfowitz the situation in Mosul is nothing like that in the restive city of Fallujah. "You're not going to see...
  • Coalition detains four, Iraqi Police find and destroy land mine

    06/07/2004 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 1,207+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | June 7, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 June 7, 2004Release Number: 04-06-16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coalition detains four, Iraqi Police find and destroy land mineMOSUL, IRAQ (June 7, 2004) –Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained four people suspected of anti-Coalition activities, while Iraqi Police identified and destroyed a land mine Sunday in Northern Iraq. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment conducted a cordon and search operation in a neighborhood on the north side of Mosul, where they detained four individuals...