Archive for September 9th, 2008

Expected to deploy for Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker BCT.  Track Palin and Beau Biden have received no special considerations, the Army said. Nor will they.

“Absolutely not,” said Capt. John Atwell, Palin’s company commander.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, a spokesman for the Delaware Guard, said the only time special status for Beau Biden is discussed at the Guard’s headquarters in Wilmington is when the media calls to ask about him.  “He’s a soldier,” Gratteri said.

Palin’s job appears to be riskier than Biden’s.

Now 19, Pfc. Palin enlisted last year and is assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade’s Delta company. That’s in Palin’s home state. The Army says his being posted there was luck of the draw.

In military parlance, Palin is a “dismount.” He and other soldiers operate armored vehicles called Strykers. Their job is to ensure brigade commanders and their communications remain protected as they move around the country. The Stryker is an eight-wheeled truck that weighs 19 tons.

“They’re the secret service for the brigade commander,” said brigade spokesman Maj. Chris Hyde.

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