Strykers arrive at Fort Carson

1st Armored BCT, 4th Infantry Division, is converting to Stryker:
New Stryker vehicles arrive at Fort Carson

“This is a great day for 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. David Hodne as he surveyed a railyard packed with the new vehicles.

Hodne’s brigade is trading M-1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles for the lighter wheeled Strykers as part of a major overhaul of Fort Carson’s units. As the post prepares to eliminate one of its four combat brigades, the remaining brigade’s are growing and getting new missions…

The changes will leave Fort Carson with a heavy armored brigade, a light infantry brigade and the Strykers, making the 4th Infantry Division one of the most flexible units in the Army.

Video of unloading and a few remarks from the CO in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Here’s a Stryker MGS:

A Stryker vehicle awaits transportation to war-fighters in Afghanistan, in an airfield staging area in southwest Asia. Third Army assists units mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in moving the war-fighter's equipment and materiel, including Stryker vehicles. This mission critical equipment is being rapidly deployed into Afghanistan by the leader of logistical operations throughout the Central Command area of responsibility in contingency operations.

A Stryker vehicle awaits transportation to war-fighters in Afghanistan, in an airfield staging area in southwest Asia. Third Army assists units mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in moving the war-fighter’s equipment and materiel, including Stryker vehicles. This mission critical equipment is being rapidly deployed into Afghanistan by the leader of logistical operations throughout the Central Command area of responsibility in contingency operations. Photo by Sgt. David Nunn.

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  1. “This is a great day for 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. David Hodne as he surveyed a railyard packed with the new vehicles.

    Hodne’s brigade is trading M-1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles for the lighter wheeled Strykers as part of a major overhaul of Fort Carson’s units

    That’s not a good trade. I sure hope those M-1s and Bradleys are stored well. If we ever fight a real army again, they’ll be needed.

    1. Depends on the mission, of course, but yeah. I hope that lessons have been learned in Iraq and Afghanistan about what the Stryker is good for and that enough people realize what it’s not good for.

  2. The trouble with the Army is they are always preparing for the last war. I remember in the 1980s and the advent of the light infantry divisions, which would have really been great for Vietnam. But during ODS in 1991, they weren’t.

    After a decade of nation building they really think the tank’s days are numbered. But I hope they remember that it was M1s and Bradleys that rolled through Iraq in the invasion phase. Had Strykers been the backbone of the armor force in March 2003, we’d have had our hands full. The Strykers might have been good for nation building, but hopefully we won’t be nation building any more. But the Army seems to think that all we are ever going to be doing in the future is nation building.

    I just hope we don’t show up to a real war in the future with an army equipped for nation building. It won’t be pretty.

    1. It’s all in the ratio of the mix. I’m a bit of a Stryker fanboy, but I see SBCTs as more as big war light infantry that can do a lot of things than as a replacement for heavy infantry or armor brigades.

      If the current threat environment and expected mission requirement calls for a mix of a little more medium and a little less heavy, I guess that’s what you do, but if the expectation is that SBCTs are going to slug it out with a modern mech army it’s trouble.

      My belief continues to be that the NG should be dedicated to heavy big war fighting, and only used in that scenario, to allow the active Army a bit more flexibility based on current and foreseen needs.

      Strykers have a place, and I think they will continue to. But when things are on the line we should want M1s and Brads.

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