2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment drops Stryker from name – News – Stripes

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — One of Europe’s four U.S. Army brigades is going by a new name, reaching back to the unit’s history.

The 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, out of Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, has quietly become the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The new commander, Col. Keith Barclay, chose to drop the name of the unit’s platform vehicle, according to press officer Maj. Robert Hoover.

via 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment drops Stryker from name – News – Stripes.


I’m generally in favor of the KISS principle in all things, and especially in naming conventions. Does calling a brigade a Brigade Combat Team really add clarity enough to justify the complication?

Does calling an artillery brigade a “fires” brigade add enough to justify jettisoning the heritage and tradition of those units?

Personally, I’m convinced the wholesale change in jargon was inspired by officers who had a poor grasp of history. They thought just because they were doing something new to them, nothing like it had ever been done in history. Plus, they got a bullet point for their OERs.

5 thoughts on “2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment drops Stryker from name – News – Stripes”

  1. I have been a “fan” of how or what the Army calls or names it’s units. I much prefer the way the Marine Corps does it. I must disclose that I am biased due to my service as a Marine.

    1. It’s only been in the last decade or so the Army has gotten retarded about it.

      And while the main regiments of the Marines are named in a orderly manner (such as the 3rd Marines) when you start talking about the Logistics Support Groups and what not… And that doesn’t even get into the aviation side.

      Who wouldn’t want to belong to VMFAT-101?

  2. Hi, I hope you don’t mind me butting in, cause I’am a Brit, but my son in law is with 2 Stryker Cavalry Regiment. #
    Thank g.. they will now be the 2nd Cavalry Regiment at least I will understand the terminoligy I hope.
    Any way godbless and protect them all.

    Ex Sgt REME
    Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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