Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, I Corps and JBLM Commanding General, spoke on the
need for the Stryker community to come together and develop what and where the
SBCT's will provide to the Army, and how to best move forward to face, not
only today's, but tomorrow's challenges on the battlefield.
"The strength of the SBCT," Volesky told the attendees, "is the 9-Soldier
dismounted squad, enabled with the firepower, mobility and networked Mission
Command architecture of the Stryker vehicle."
The Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle, developed pre-9/11, has the ability to
rapidly fight the enemy in complex and restricted terrain. Riding on wheels
rather than tracks, it is lighter than most Army combat vehicles and easier to
transport by plane.
"Our purpose for this summit is to gain consensus from the Stryker community
on where we want to be in the next 20 years," Volesky added. "We have the
ability to shape the future of the SBCT now. The window of opportunity is
With that goal in mind, Volesky brought in subject matter experts as well as
SBCT command teams throughout the Army to discuss improvements, lessons
learned, funding and feedback from Soldiers in the field.
With the shared vision for the SBCTs, it helped to drive topics of discussion
for the symposium, but more importantly gives a frame of reference when
discussing ways ahead for the Stryker formation.
"This event was very insightful," said Lt. Col. Michael Berriman, commander,
8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd
Infantry Division. "To hear current brigade commanders discuss the particular
challenges their formations face and to see some of the common trends. There
appeared to be a commonality from the brigade commanders on how to employ the
Static displays of the improved Mission Command and 30mm Dragoon variant of
Strykers were also on hand for the commanders to see what was next in the near
term for the SBCTs.
"I'm very excited to see how we begin to employ the 30mm Dragoon variant in
the formation," said Berriman. "With that variant alone, I believe it will
provide the ability for Cavalry Squadrons to fight for information, and better
establish the security zone for the brigade."
The open forum event provided the opportunity for commanders, leaders and
Soldiers to voice their opinions and agree to the path going forward,
especially when talking about the future of the Stryker community.
Volesky plans to hold the symposium more than once a year and to bring in
representatives from the Army's Centers of Excellence to keep current concerns
and initiatives on the forefront.
"We want the SBCT to remain the formation of choice for combatant commanders,
now and in the future" said Volesky.