2nd Stryker Cav vehicles back home

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.

U.S. Army Pfc. Luis Torres, of Nemesis Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, tests the communication system on his Stryker vehicle prior to a presence patrol mission in the Dora District of Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz) (Released)

U.S. Army Pfc. Luis Torres, of Nemesis Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, tests the communication system on his Stryker vehicle prior to a presence patrol mission in the Dora District of Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz) (Released)

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  1. Michael Yon had nothing but good things to say about them too, from his time with 24th infantry I think it was. Troops went through earth shattering IEDs only to crawl out the hatch at the end and give the “Allah Ackbars” the finger. Back when everyone was arguing over up-armored hummers and whether to go to some sort of MRAP, the Stryker guys already knew what was working for them. I personally would not want to take one into the Fulda gap, but since we aren’t fighting that war, and aren’t likely to for the foreseeable future, the Stryker seems like it fills its roll nicely,

  2. Of course they wouldn’t say anything bad about the Stryker. A mixture of gag orders, blog censorship, egotism, pier pressure, youthful inexperience, and command pressure upon the “chosen ones” to be the Army’s mouthpieces see to all dissent being brutally crushed, often before it even begins.

    It’s the kind of thing one expects of the most “wowee-zowie” new forces of a third world army (even if they ARE equipped decades behind the times), but not of the US military.

    Seems like the same people who gave us the Patriot missile (a.k.a, the “Blue-on-Blue Missile”), the Growler Suicide Jeep, the Sergeant York AA Gun, and the incredible sinking Bradley “Fighting” Vehicle, have found a way to create their next generation out of the grunts — scary stuff.

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