A light infantry battalion on steroids

Bulky fighting vehicle is winning over once-skeptical soldiers

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.


  1. Look at the long list of uses man. http://www.thegoldendragons.com/stryker_characteristics.htm Its a no brainer. Alot better then that POS bradley LAV and fills alot more roles. Good for troop movements, backup firepower for land assaults or air defense. The Stryker brigades over there are pretty small but are a filler for where the humvee and bradley can’t hack it. Troops can pack in, move out fast, yet still have the punch of an abrams on the way there (though not the range). Good stuff!

  2. What do you mean by the punch of an Abrams? The MGS variant is still not reliable. And it definitely does not pack much punch with 18 rounds on board.