5th Brigade, 2nd Division (I thought they reflagged to 2nd Brigade?) is being shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan, the first time a Stryker brigade will be deployed there. The Rangers have used a few Strykers there, though I’ve heard no details about that. Also, the Canadian army has been using LAV IIIs, which the Stryker is based on, in Afghanistan for years.
The article says that both the 5th and 3rd Brigades have been splitting their training between Iraq-specific and Afghanistan-specific for some time in case this happened. The 3rd Brigade is still going to Iraq as originally planned.
UPDATE: Via the incomparable DJ Elliott comes this bit in Army Times:
No decisions have been made about which brigade might backfill the 5th SBCT for its original mission in Iraq, the [unnamed] senior Army official said.
“The reasonable assumption is we’re planning to replace them in Iraq,” he said.
The long-standing requirement of two Stryker brigades in Iraq has not changed, he said. The two SBCTs in Iraq now are the 56th SBCT from the Pennsylvania National Guard and 1st SBCT, 25th Infantry Division, of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
“There’s going to be some significant … work associated with backfilling [5th SBCT] in Iraq,” the senior Army official said. “With this announcement there’s going to be an increased frequency in deployments for Stryker brigades.” [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Pack your bags, Stryker soldiers.