U.S. Rep. Candice Miller will propose equipping a National Guard brigade with the Army’s newest armored vehicle and splitting the unit between Michigan and Ohio.
Miller, R-Harrison Township, met with Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, the nation’s top National Guard officer, to pitch the plan last week.
Blum raised no military objections, she said, and she’ll now propose the idea to members of Congress from Michigan and Ohio in hopes of building enough political support for the plan.
There are currently seven Stryker Brigade Combat Teams either formed or forming. One is based in Germany and one will be with the Pennsylvania National Guard. The other five are regular Army brigades home based in the US.
The thinking is that the wheeled Strykers would often be more useful to Guard troops when reacting to domestic issues such as major natural disasters. The increased deployability of the Stryker would also lend itself to the rapid fielding of National Guard units in military emergencies.
I think that another couple of Stryker Brigades might be called for in light of the great success the vehicles and units are having so far in Iraq. The medium infantry combat capability will be in demand for some time to come. As far as Murdoc is concerned, adding another regular Army SBCT and one or two National Guard SBCTs might be the way to go.
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A gunner of a Styker vehicle with Black Hawk Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division pulls security for Soldiers on the ground searching houses during a combined cordon and search with the Ir aqi National Police March 23, 2007, in Ghazaliya, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland) (Released)
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