Took a short ride in a Boeing (post McDonald Douglas merger built) C17. We airlifted four ICV Strykers and our crews. Pretty cool all things considered… and I got to ride in the cockpit.
You’re in a Stryker brigade?
Yes sir. Mounted infantry.
Was it fun? Looks fun.
It was a blast, and it took our 9 hour convoy to 3, so that’s cool.
Just the troop carriers, or did you take an MGS unit as well?
We took 4 Strykers, and full crews including dismounts
Are Strykers all the same or are they outfitted for different missions, like is there a Gunship version, or i dunno a C & C model?
Mortar version has a giant mortar in the back, ICV version (mine) has an M2 mounted onto a remote weapon system and carries 9 passengers for a total crew of 11 people fully loaded. There’s also a MEV (medical evacuation vehicle) which is basically the Stryker version of the medic hmmwv. Those are the 3 we utilize. There’s an engineer, recon, and a big turret like tank version too.
I think they’ve got an AT version with TOW missiles, too, but that is a battalion asset.
Ooh, I love rum
So I was in the top 5 (number 4 specifically) of shooters in the battalion. Even with the aforementioned weapon malfunction (which was mostly solved by dousing the action mid-“combar” with gear oil).