MEDICS are driving a bigger, faster vehicle. Engineers are able to shoot mine-clearing line charges to detonate mine fields. And the infantry can fit 11 soldiers into a vehicle that travels 60 mph.
So it's no wonder the command vehicle for the SBCT provides capabilities never before available in the Army, said MAJ Chuck Hodges, an operations officer for the SBCT at Fort Lewis, Wash.
"It's a nice asset," said vehicle commander SGT Jimmy Rogers. "It bridges the gap between heavy mechanized forces and the light infantry."
The commander's vehicle can track just about anything on the battlefield with its video display terminal, Rogers said. Red icons appear on the screen when the enemy is nearby, and an automated voice also alerts the commander of danger.
Blue icons depict friendly forces, which the operations officer can see. He can identify the units by clicking on their icons with a hand-held pointer.
The command variant of the Stryker allows the commander to control events away from the …