M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS):
Pvt. Tyler Duke, from Kingsburg, Calif., guides a Stryker vehicle onto the back of a flatbed truck at the Kuwaiti Naval Base, Aug. 26. Duke is one of the soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the brigade that convoyed their own armored vehicles out of Iraq and into Kuwait last week as part of the push to get troop levels to 50,000 by Aug. 31. The Stryker soldiers are nearing the end of their efforts to get their vehicles ready for shipment to the United States. Unit Movement Officer 2nd Lt. Larry Pugh, from Athens, Ga., said soldiers are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. “It might be hard work, it’s a lot of sweat, but this is the end.” Photo by Natalie Cole.
4/2 SBCT is the brigade that was accelerated for deployment after 5/2 SBCT’s deployment was shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan, and the same unit which the media fretted about being sent to Iraq without enough training. Seems to me that the guys are pros and managed just fine despite the less-than-ideal scheduling.
When they get home, I wonder if they’ll have to worry about a crowd of protestors in Olympia or Tacoma?
A convoy of Stryker vehicles heads for the Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait, Aug. 26. Soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team drove the Strykers onto the backs of the trucks before the convoy left for the port, which is the final location in the process of shipping the Strykers to the United States. Photo by Natalie Cole.