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March
31st

Photog injured with 5/2 troops returns to work

Emilio Morenatti, the Associated Press photographer who was riding in a Stryker with Fort Lewis troops when it hit a roadside bomb, an incident that led to the loss of his foot, has returned to work.

Morenatti has shot some stellar photos from Afghanistan and Pakistan over the last few years. Check out a few of his photos here.

March
31st

Local links, March 31

I’m back from a few days off. If you haven’t read it, check out my Sunday stories about the Stryker vehicle. In the main story, I covered a bit of the history and what folks across the military (from joes to generals) and Congress think about the vehicle today. In a sidebar, I wrote about future modifications to the vehicles. And you should check out the print edition: It’s got plenty of cool graphics, a box descrbing the 10 variants and a timeline of the Strykers vis-à-vis Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Other local links:

Military spouses
Abrupt

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March
29th

O’Reilly’s full Stryker critique

I wrote the Sunday centerpiece about the Stryker vehicle. Most of the story quotes people who think the Stryker is the right platform for the military for today’s wars and future wars.

Of course, some disagree. One such person, Irish author Victor O’Reilly, was one of the system’s most vocal critics during the transformation a decade ago. He wrote a report for a congressman (he “measured my research material in yards and had sources from the CSA’s office to the Air Force”) before the first brigade went into Iraq that panned the system.

Years later, he’s still not convinced. I can to briefly summarize what he wrote me. But I hope it can spark conversation by posting his full critique here. It’s just below the jump:
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March
5th

V-shaped hull for Strykers

A change to the design of the Army’s Stryker vehicle to make it more likely to withstand a blast from a roadside bomb should be coming soon, the service’s chief of staff told lawmakers Wednesday.

Gen. George Casey told the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee that it’s “probability more than a possibility” that Army will add a V-shaped hull to the bottom of the 20-ton vehicle. The shape of the hull would help deflect blasts from the Stryker’s underbelly and is modeled from a similar design in the Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected class of armored vehicles.

“I can’t

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Nov.
19th

Local links, Nov. 19

Amid a growing chorus of doubters about the Stryker vehicle’s ability to perform in Afghan terrain, one man sticks up for the vehicle.

“Huh?” Stuart Koehl asks. “What has changed to convert the Stryker from the ride of choice for American infantry to a ‘Kevlar coffin’? Carter gives some figures: since 13 September the 5th SBCT has lost 21 of its 350 Strykers to IEDs, and suffered some 24 men killed and 70 wounded. That sounds bad, but is it?”

Read more here.

Other local links:

17th Fires Brigade
It’s All Business As Navy Commander Takes

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Nov.
12th

Can the Stryker work in Afghanistan?

Questions are again swirling about whether the Stryker vehicle is capable of handling the rough terrain of Afghanistan. Foreign Policy puts it even more bluntly: Was it a mistake to send a Stryker brigade to Afghanistan?

Fort Lewis’ 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division deployed with 350 Strykers. Twenty-one have been lost to roadside bombs. Soldiers returning for their two weeks or leave (or back home on deployment) describe vehicles that can’t effectively handle the bombs Afghan militants are planting underneath dirt roads. National Public Radio, also along with 5/2, was along on one of the fatal missions.

Of

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Oct.
26th

Striking back

It’s no secret that the troops of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division have been hit hard while fighting in the orchards of the Arghandab River valley of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

So today’s brief operational update from the ISAF communications office comes as good news. American and Afghan troops killed a dozen militants during a raid Sunday designed to “interdict” the region’s Taliban commander and his followers.

The force included ground and air strikes. The soldiers discovered – and then destroyed – a cache of AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition belts and communications gear.

Oct.
26th

Tan-colored Strykers coming soon

Stars and Stripes reports on a topic that has been a head-scratcher for years: Why does the Army send green-painted Strykers to desert climates, where they’ll drive alongside tan-colored Humvees and MRAPs?

That’s gonna change soon: The 401st Army Field Support Brigade announced in a press release that Strykers are gonna get a coat of dust-colored paint. The reason? “For soldier safety, first and foremost, as well as materiel uniformity,” the release said.

Of course, don’t expect this to happen immediately. From the story:

Soldiers in the field will not be authorized to repaint the Strykers themselves. That can

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