I know that title makes this sound like it’s a post about a major league baseball team. It’s not. Stars and Stripes has a quick article about how many soldiers, initially skeptical of the Stryker LAV, have become solid believers.
“I was kind of skeptical,” said Sgt. David Finney, noncommissioned officer in charge of the ground support equipment shop for the 73rd Engineer Company, part of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
“I was used to working on tanks. I saw the tires and thought, ‘what are you going to do with broken tires?’ But it’s surpassed everything I’ve expected,” he said. “It’s definitely saved lives. The Strykers can take a pretty big hit and get back on the road quickly.”
In October, a car bomb packed with 500 pounds of explosives hit a Stryker in Mosul. It killed a soldier and pummeled the vehicle.
The Stryker was back on the road in six days.
I posted a pic of that Stryker shortly after the blast.
And as I mentioned earlier, it seems that some Strykers might be involved in the current Fallujah operations despite the fact that they are normally based hundreds of miles away. The ease deploying troops over the roads on a wheeled vehicle must have been too good to pass up.