Army Strykers Return to Combat Zones
Noticed this story in a Military.com newsletter:
The Army’s Stryker combat vehicles are back in fight now that the first Stryker repair facility is operating in Qatar.
The Stryker forward repair activity, run by General Dynamics Land Systems under direction of the Army Materiel Command’s Army Field Support Battalion-Qatar, presented the first two refurbished Strykers to Army inspectors recently.
“Based on the vehicles coming across the assembly line they are all pretty much designated to go to future battalions…the vehicles have to be produced from somewhere,” said Mike Manzara, General Dynamics acting site supervisor. “So these battle-damaged vehicles provide an essential service by maintaining the vehicle requirements in theater.”
Here’s a pic from the Alaska Post version of the story:
And note this:
“The positive aspect about this program is that you’ve got 25 vehicles that were basically written off and the Reports of Survey have been done. It’s almost like they don’t exist,” said Lt. Col. Jon Buonerba, commander of the AFSB-Qatar. “If we can repair these and get them back in the fight, we’ll save the Army lots of money and help sustain the operational readiness of the Stryker force.” [emphasis Murdoc’s]
I wonder if that’s 25 since they first deployed.