Via Stryker Brigade News (which you check daily, right?):
The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team has known about an upcoming deployment for some time, but couldn’t publicly talk about it until the Department of Defense announced Tuesday it would be one of six large units going to Iraq, said Maj. Kirk Gohlke, spokesman for soldiers in Alaska.
They will be part of the rotation that requires a force strength in Iraq of 17 brigades and three division headquarters, according to the Department of Defense.
The brigade hasn’t received its orders and so far does not know what its mission or exact destination will be, said Col. Mike Shields, who has commanded the 172nd since July. Until orders arrive, the brigade will continue its aggressive timeline of training as it transforms into the third Stryker brigade in the Army and becomes ready to deploy, he said.
The brigade has been in regular contact with the first two Stryker Brigades and is incorporating lessons learned in the field into its training program.
The article claims that the 172nd’s equipment will be shipped out at the end of certification this coming summer. The second Stryker Brigade, the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, left its Strykers at home and took over the first Stryker Brigades vehicles when they arrived in Iraq.
ALSO: I saw an article on the Army’s official report of the Stryker’s first year in service earlier, but ACE beat me to posting on it. Go wander over and see what he had to say. I may have more MO ruminations later…