An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Nov. 26, 2014

Stryker Brigade Begins Movement to California

By Spc. Corey Confer 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

As January approaches the roads around Fairbanks will be less cluttered with bulky military vehicles.

Earlier this month 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves” began loading more than 260 Stryker vehicles and equipment for a month-long deployment to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, where units from across the Army funnel into the complex hoping to obtain a deployable status.

This exercise is of the utmost importance for the Brigade according to Maj. David Mattox, spokesperson for 1st SBCT.

“(The training at) NTC is the capstone exercise for the brigade,” Mattox said. “The brigade has spent the last six months to a year preparing for this exercise and validating its ability to deploy anywhere in the world in defense of the nation.”

Soldiers from C Co., 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment said they are ready to knock out the training exercise.

Spc. William Williamson, an infantryman with C Co., 1-24 IN and originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, said that his unit’s training, from the company-level training exercises to the brigade-level training exercises, has prepared him for NTC.

Food service specialists who normally work at the dining facilities have also been preparing for the different work environment they will face during the deployment to NTC.

Pfc. Matt Dreher, a food service specialist with 70th Brigade Engineer Battalion who will be going to NTC for the first time and originally from Colvin, Washington, understands that he has to be ready for the drastic changes to his job while deployed to the austere environment of NTC.

Dreher said he normally works his shift at the DFAC and goes home, but NTC will require more Soldiering skills.

“Things like carrying your weapon and all of your gear when you’re in a hot containerized kitchen feeding hundreds and hundreds of people for hours on end; it’s a lot more stressful than working back at the DFAC,” he said.

Family life is always a mainstay when it comes to a Soldier’s wellbeing, according to 2nd Lt. James Gallagher, a native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and an intelligence officer and the Family Readiness liaison with 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment.

The 3-21 IN “Gimlets” took the initiative and created “Gimlet Academy” in an effort to disseminate information to Soldiers and their families as well as to sow a relationship that is deeper than just a workplace.

Recently, 3-21 IN had a Welcome to Winter class briefed by Gregory J. Sanches, Fort Wainwright’s Installation Safety Manager, which highlighted anything a newcomer to the arctic would need to know.

Gallagher said a financial readiness class and a marriage class hosted by the battalion chaplain are also planned.

“A strong Army begins with a strong family,” said Gallagher.

The brigade isn’t currently headed for a deployment after NTC but with the extensive training and preparation for this

Like Us
Follow Us



U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Strengthens Cooperation in Visit to Timor-Leste
U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Strengthens Cooperation in Visit to Timor-Leste
Feb. 3, 2023 - Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Timor-Leste Feb. 1-3, to strengthen our security cooperation and enduring partnership between our countries.In meetings with President José Ramos-Horta,...

7th Fleet Travels to the Republic of Korea for 7th Annual Anti-Submarine Warfare Cooperation Committee Meeting
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Feb. 2, 2023) Vice Admiral Kim Jung-soo, Commander Republic of Korea Fleet leads Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Commander, US 7th Fleet and Staff on a tour of the flight deck aboard the Republic of Korea Navy Dokdo-class Amphibious Assault Ship ROKS Marado (LPH-6112) in Busan, ROK. Vice Adm. Thomas is in the Republic of Korea to attend the 7th annual Anti-submarine Warfare Cooperation Committee meeting. (Courtesy photo by Commander, ROK Fleet Public Affairs)
Feb. 3, 2023 - BUSAN, Republic of Korea - Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visited Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet (CRF) Base in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Feb. 2, to attend the 7th Anti-Submarine Warfare...

B-1B Lancers return to Indo-Pacific for BTF missions
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, prepares to take off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota for a Bomber Task Force deployment, Jan. 31, 2023. BTF deployments are designed to showcase the Air Force’s ability to deter, deny and dominate any influence or aggression from adversaries or competitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Jacobsen)
Feb. 3, 2023 - B-1B Lancers assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota landed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb 1...

Unified Pacific Intel Wargame “Pacific Winds” offers key insights to deter potential adversaries and address global challenges
Australian Army Maj. Gen. Chris Smith, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General Strategy and Plans (right), and New Zealand Army Brig. Gen. Rose King, New Zealand Army Deputy Chief of Staff (center), listen to a brief during the Unified Pacific Wargame Series intelligence-focused
Feb. 2, 2023 - U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General Gen. Charles A. Flynn hosted senior leaders from across the Department of Defense and several allied nations as part of the Unified Pacific Wargame Series intelligence-focused event...

Austin Visit to Philippine Base Highlights Benefits of U.S-Philippine Alliance
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III meets with Philippine Chief of Defense, Gen. Andres Centino at Camp Navarro, Zamboanga, Philippines, Feb. 1, 2023. Austin is traveling to Asia to meet with senior government and military leaders in Korea and the Philippines to advance regional stability, further strengthen the defense partnerships and reaffirm the deep commitment of the United States to work in concert with allies and partners in support of the shared vision of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Feb. 2, 2023 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Camp Navarro in Mindanao, Philippines, where U.S. and Philippine service members are working closely together to ensure long-term prosperity of the region...