Strykers Visit Korea

RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea- Soldiers of Co. C, 1-24 Stryker Brigade Combat Team recently deployed to Korea as an intricate piece of USFK's training exercise Key Resolve.

From the moment the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div. rolled onto "Rod Range" it was not difficult to see why they Strike First and Strike Hard."

The Brigade was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for service between Aug. 16, 2005 to Dec. 3, 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and used this opportunity to train up for a deployment back there this summer.

Since the Stryker vehicles' unveiling, the vehicle and the infantrymen who inhabit it have proven to be the fastest, most lethal and manueverable force on the ground in any environment.

Smaller, quicker and just as heavily armored as other Army combat specific vehicles, the Stryker is the most effective, and intimidating deterrent enemy forces will see, said Capt. Jeremiah C. Hurley, company commander, Co. C, 1st Bn., 24th Inf. Regt., 1SBCT, 25th Inf. Div.

The Stryker has the unique ability to move 11 Infantrymen quickly and quietly into any area, and with the drop of a hatch door, put boots on the ground with cover fire from a mounted 50-calibur gun, four "Airguards" with M-16s and the M-249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon).

"The strength of the Stryker Brigade is not the vehicle," said Hurley. "It is an awesome vehicle, it's a great asset, a lot of firepower, but the strength of the Stryker Vehicle is the dismounted Infantrymen in the vehicle."