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.
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.