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.