Stryker Dinner With the Shiek Abu Ikhlaas

Photos by SPC Bobbie Allen, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Douglass Sims of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, presents a portrait of the unit to Sheik Abu Ikhlaas, on Oct. 24, 2008. Sheik Ikhlaas is hosting the Farewell/New Beginning Sphere of Influence Transition dinner at his home where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment releases command to the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

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New, old commands meet with influential local leader

DIYALA, Iraq – The commanders and command sergeants major from both the new Coalition unit entering the Diyala province of Iraq and the unit leaving the province met with Sheik Abu Ikhlaas, an influential local Iraqi leader Oct. 24.

The purpose of the meeting was to help bridge the transition with the local Iraqi population and 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The commander of the 1st SBCT, Col. Burt Thompson, stated his brigade is committed to working toward and achieving the same goals as the Dragoons of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

The Arctic Wolves plan to pick up where the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment left off, continuing to remain committed to the safety and security of Diyala province.

The Arctic Wolves relieved 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment of responsibility for Diyala.

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Dragoon’s return to Vilseck

As the first of the Dragoon’s begin to trickle into Vilseck, a community shows its appreciation.

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2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment Work Hard, Wash Hard

Pvt. Jason Degendorfer, a tanker within the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, washes a Stryker vehicle at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, late October before the unit completes its redeployment to Germany. The wash racks stay busy around the clock with units heading home from their 15-month deployments in Iraq.After completing basic and advanced training as a tanker, Degendorfer joined the regiment five months into their deployment in Baghdad. As a gunner on one of the Strykers he played a vital role participating in the surge to counter insurgents among the streets of Baghdad. In early September, he said his vehicle got hit by an improvised explosive device where two injured crew members required an air medical evacuation.”I’m glad to finally have a chance to see Vilseck, Germany, and enjoy some freedom,” said Degendorfer. “I’m also excited about taking leave back in Los Angeles to visit family and friends.”

The wash racks at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, stay busy around the clock with units heading home in late October from their 15-month deployments in Iraq. Members of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment thoroughly wash their vehicles so they can pass customs inspections before shipping the equipment back to Vilseck, Germany. “I’m excited about taking leave back in Los Angeles to visit family and friends,” said Pvt. Jason Degendorfer, a tanker with the regiment who survived an improvised explosive device attack in September.

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