National Guard Strykers

Stryker gets major test during Gap exercise

56th Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard, continues to transition to the Stryker:

Based in Philadelphia, the 56th Stryker Brigade has about 3,500 soldiers, with units scattered in communities across the state, including Lebanon and Fort Indiantown Gap. The centerpieces of the brigade are the more than 300 Stryker vehicles — 19-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicles that can travel faster than 60 mph.

Zimmerman said the brigade will hold another significant exercise in February, called Warfighter, that will involve mainly the same people who participated over the weekend. In September 2008, the entire brigade — soldiers, vehicles and all equipment — is scheduled to go to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., for its initial operating-capability exercise. That exercise will determine if the brigade is combat-ready.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 56th deployed shortly following their certification. The article notes that the unit is expecting it.


  1. We are getting a steady flow of PA soldiers into the NJ National Guard. The 4 and 5-day drill weekends and month-long annual training cycles have many good soldiers with non-government jobs looking for another unit. We love getting good ‘Bloody Bucket’ soldiers.

  2. Guys, you might have posted this previously before I joined, so I apologize if you have to cover this again. Question, is somebody on this blog related to the Stryker program in some way, shape or form? I ask because I notice quite a few posts about it. Thanks

  3. spacey: Nope, no connection at all. The Stryker was one of the first topics that I started covering regularly back in 2003 as the first brigade was coming online, and I’ve made a point to keep tabs on developments as time goes on.