Noticed this bit in an article noting lower levels of violence in Iraq for 3/2 Stryker: Roadside bombs, the common killer of American service members in Iraq, appear to be weaker and less sophisticated than before. MRAPs, new tactics, and reduced levels of violence could all help explain fewer IEDs or fewer casualties from IEDs, […]
In an article from the Seattle Times: Bravo Company arrived in Afghanistan with 24 Strykers, the first of the eight-wheeled combat vehicles outfitted with high-tech communications and surveillance gear to arrive in Afghanistan. One-third of the vehicles are now out of service due to bomb attacks or maintenance. The bomb threats are so pervasive that […]
Army to switch 2 heavy brigades to Strykers Two heavy brigade combat teams will vanish by 2013 to make way for two new Stryker brigades, bringing the Army’s number of active SBCTs to eight and taking another bite out of its armor formations. Planning documents obtained by Army Times say 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, […]
Got five minutes? Watch this. B-roll of Helicopter gun camera video footage released today shows the deliberate steps International Security Assistance Force personnel took when countering the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) placed by two insurgents Aug. 5 along a road in southern Zabul province, Afghanistan. Scenes include an Attack Weapons Team of helicopters […]
Stykers headed back to Baqubah.
The Army’s LandWarrior system will be making its first brigade-wide deployment when the 5thBrigade, 2nd Infantry Division hits the ground in Afghanistan. It was used by a battalion, with pretty good success, in Iraq. The soldiers of 5th Brigade begin deploying to southern Afghanistan this month and should see less urban combat than previous Stryker […]
I’ve heard very little about the MGS since they arrived in Iraq some time back.
Greyhawk points out the confirmation of something we were already pretty sure was going to happen: Shifting one Stryker brigade slated for Iraq to Afghanistan just meant that a different Stryker brigade would have to deploy to Iraq to take its place. But Greyhawk makes an observation that had not occurred to me: Read the […]