Once upon a time, Murdoc Online was “all Stryker, all the time.” But as the new vehicles have proven themselves over and over in Iraq, the controversy has died away and they’ve become just another tool in the Army.
The 2nd Cavalry Stryker Regiment out of Vilsek, Germany, has been home for a while, but their Stryker vehicles just started arriving.
On Saturday, dozens of Stryker armored personnel carriers arrived home to Vilseck, 19 months after they left for the desert. Recently returned soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, who relied on the eight-wheeled behemoths to keep them safe in the war zone, were at the railhead to meet them.
One of them, Stryker driver Spc. Thomas Mayberry, 27, of Cabot, Ark., said the vehicles looked naked without the protective cages they wore downrange to guard against rocket propelled grenades.
I’ve heard very little in the way of negative feedback from the troops in Stryker brigades.