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Army News Release

Release Date: 5/14/2004

The Army announced today that it will adjust the design of the fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from a Cavalry to an Infantry configuration.

The 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light), stationed at Fort Polk, La., will begin the transformation to an Infantry-based Stryker Brigade upon its return from Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit is expected to attain an initial operational capability (IOC) as an infantry-designed SBCT by late 2006.

The conversion of the 2d ACR to an infantry-centric SBCT supports the Army's transition to modularity, standardizes the design for all six planned SBCTs, and increases the number of Army infantry formations available to combatant commanders worldwide to set the tempo of battle and act decisively against enemy forces.

"Global demands for infantry-centric formations, coupled with the Army's ongoing transformation to modularity, require a change in design for the fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team, from a cavalry construct to a standard infantry-centric SBCT formation," said Col. Ben Allen, Director of Integration, Department of the Army Programs.

The design change will not change the home stationing for the unit at Fort Polk.

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