These aren't my relations but I ran across this e-mail at work and I thought someone might like to know this information.
Subject: ARMY ANNOUNCES NAME FOR INTERIM ARMORED VEHICLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
#R-02-009February 27, 2002
Today, The Army formally named its new Interim Armored Vehicle the
"Stryker" in a ceremony at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.The Stryker, the combat
vehicle of choice for the Army's Interim Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs), is a
highly deployable-wheeled armored vehicle that combines firepower,
battlefield mobility, survivability and versatility, with reduced logistics
The vehicle was named in honor of two Medal of Honor recipients: Pfc.
Stuart S. Stryker, who served in World War II, and Spc. Robert F. Stryker,
who served in Vietnam.The Stryker will be a primary weapons platform for
the IBCTs.It will assist the IBCT in covering the near-term capabilities
gap between our Legacy Force heavy and light units.The Stryker-equipped
IBCT will provide the joint and multinational force commander increased
operational and tactical flexibility to execute the fast-paced,
distributed, non-contiguous operations envisioned across the full spectrum
"This is a tremendous combat vehicle, and it is totally appropriate
that we name it after two great soldiers who gave their last full measure
of devotion on the battlefield in defense of our nation," said the Army's
top enlisted man, Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley, who presided
at the naming ceremony.
Specialist Robert Stryker, who served with the 1st Infantry Division,
was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the life of his
fellow soldiers near Loc Ninh, Vietnam.Private First Class Stuart
Stryker, who served with the 513th Parachute Infantry, posthumously
received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack near Wesel, Germany that
captured more than 200 enemy soldiers and freed three American pilots.
"These two great soldiers were separated by a generation and fought
on battlefields on opposite sides of the globe, but both made the ultimate
sacrifice for their country and their fellow soldiers," said Tilley."Now
it's up to all soldiers to honor the Stryker name by making full use of the
enormous capabilities of the Stryker combat vehicle."
"We are proud that the Army is honoring the bravery, heroism and
self-sacrifice of Stuart Stryker," said Ms. Gay L. Stryker of Portland,
Ore."We hope this new line of vehicles will live up to his traits of
ingenuity and service to the nation."
"My brother bravely gave his life in 1967 while defending his
comrades and his unit during Vietnam," said Mr. Jack Stryker of Auburn,
N.Y."We know that the name of Stryker is remembered for his valor and
that these new vehicles will serve as a powerful reminder of the courage of
American soldiers and their commitment to defend this nation."
The Army is committed to fielding six IBCTs with more than 300
Strykers in each.In October 1999, The Army announced its first two IBCTs
would be located at Ft. Lewis, Wash.: 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
and the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.These two brigades are
expected to be equipped and ready for deployment during fiscal years 2003
and 2004, respectively.
The next brigades to transform, in order, are the 172nd Infantry
Brigade (Separate), Fort Richardson, Alaska; the 2nd Armored Cavalry
Regiment (Light), Fort Polk, La.; the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
(Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the 56th Brigade of the 28th
Infantry Division (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Stryker is a 19-ton wheeled armored vehicle that will provide The
Army a family of ten different vehicles.The Stryker can be deployed by
C-130 aircraft and be combat-capable upon arrival in any contingency area.
The Stryker family includes the Infantry Carrier Vehicle, Mobile Gun
System, Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle, Mortar Carrier Vehicle,
Reconnaissance Vehicle, Fire Support Vehicle, Engineer Squad Vehicle,
Commander's Vehicle, Medical Evacuation Vehicle, and a Nuclear, Biological
and Chemical (NBC) Reconnaissance Vehicle.The vehicles have robust armor
protection, can sustain speeds of 60 miles-per-hour, have parts commonality
and self-recovery abilities and also have a central tire inflation system.
The Infantry Carrier Vehicle carries a nine-man infantry squad and a crew
of two and has a Remote Weapon Station with an M2 .50 caliber machine gun
or MK19, 40 mm grenade launcher.
The namesakes' Medal of Honor citations and pictures of the Stryker
can be found at http://pmbct.tacom.army.milhttp://pmbct.tacom.army.mil
"> http://pmbct.tacom.army.milhttp://pmbct.tacom.army.mil and at the
joint venture industry Web
site at http://www.GM-Defense.comhttp://www.GM-Defense.com ">
Link to original news item: