The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment is trading in its Humvees for Strykers. The switch is a little misleading, though, as only about 300 of the 2nd ACR’s soldiers are actually making the transition. Most of the regiment is will be used to create an entirely new brigade as the Army reforms.
The 2nd ACR is moving from Fort Polk, LA (where the third Stryker brigade, the 172nd Infantry Regiment is headed for final training and certification before deployment to Iraq this fall) to Ft. Lewis, home of the first two Stryker brigades. The majority of the ranks will be filled with new recruits.
There are six Stryker brigades planned for the US, one of them a National Guard unit. A seventh, if created, will be stationed in Germany.
Murdoc still thinks that Humvee-mounted cavalry might come in handy, though, and wonders if another unit should have converted to the Stryker instead of the 2nd ACR. I wrote in August:
And I still am not sure that the switch by the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment from armored Humvees to Strykers is the best thing we could be doing. The 2nd ACR is sort of a “medium-light” unit that can actually deploy quickly via air if needed, while the Stryker brigades are “medium-heavy” units that are more powerful but will take much longer to get there. Armored Humvee units are going to have their niche, and I hope we don’t hamstring ourselves by putting all of our medium eggs into one basket.