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98th Army Band at STRYKER Acceptance Ceremony

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U.S. Army Bands Online

The 98th Army “Silver Wings” Band of Ft. Rucker, AL performed for the STRYKER IAV Acceptance Ceremony at Anniston Army Depot, AL, April 12, 2002. Over 700 people from the U.S., Canada, and overseas were estimated to have been in attendance. Keynote speaker was Army Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki.

The ceremony began with the playing of the Canadian and U.S. Anthems. Major General N. Ross Thompson III, TACOM Commanding General, gave the welcoming speech. Colonel David Ogg, Project Manager for the Brigade Combat Team, was Master of Ceremonies and introduced the speakers. Remarks were made by Mr. Chabraja, Congressman Riley (AL), and Senator Sessions (AL) before General Shinseki took the podium.

General Shinseki spoke of the quickness in which the idea of the STRYKER went from a dream to a reality. His optimism was not dampened by the weather; he jokingly referred to the rainy overcast as “good fishing weather”. After the speeches, the STRYKER was driven out while the band played “Exaltation.” With the fanfare seemingly in perfect time with the vehicle’s arrival, the crowd came to its feet and cheered.

The STRYKER was named after two great soldiers who were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. PFC Stuart Stryker (WWII) and SPC Robert F. Stryker (Vietnam), who were not related, gave their lives to save the lives of their comrades. It will be used extensively in the battle against terrorism. The teams who designed and created it deserved all the praise they received at the ceremony, and the 98th Army Band was honored to be a part of the event.

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