172nd SBCT now the “Arctic Wolves”

Stryker mascot gets more bark and bite

The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Alaska, the next Stryker brigade, has switched from “Snow Hawks” to “Arctic Wolves”:

The change was made to reflect the new look and mission of the unit–sleek, fast and lethal.

“We just felt that the Arctic Wolves was more in line with our future of transformation,” said Col. Mike Shields, commander of the 172nd since July. “They hunt as a pack, never leave a comrade, hunt and commute over extended distances–in Alaska over 1,000 miles–survive in darkness and six or seven months of extreme cold weather, and hunt and kill any prey that they run into.”


“Comparable to a pack of wolves, the Stryker Brigade moves, fights and wins as a team. The strength of each individual soldier, squad, platoon, company and battalion combines to produce the overwhelming combat power of the pack,” Douglass said, reading from a letter that was submitted to the Army requesting the change.

Shields said a quote by Rudyard Kipling–a British poet and storyteller who is most famous for penning “The Jungle Book”–sums it up best: “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”