Citizen reports of military armored vehicles transported across America

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Uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, the video below is of an unending line of green-colored armored fighting vehicles (Strykers?) being transported on a train nearly 1.5 miles long. Some of the vehicles have mobile artillery on top; some bear the Red Cross insignia. The video was shot in Eugene, Oregon, and captured only half of the train.

Here’s the armored fighting vehicle M1126 Stryker:

Here’s another video uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 22, 2012, of more armored vehicles on a train. The person who took the video doesn’t say where s/he took it, just that s/he saw the train “as class was ending one day.”

H/t Before It’s News

I found another video, taken in Santa Cruz in January 2012, of more than 100 armored vehicles being transported on a train:

Unlike the alarmist Before It’s News, I have no idea what to make of these videos. Is there a perfectly innocent explanation for this? I’d appreciate FOTM readers who are active or former military to enlighten me.

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0 responses to “Citizen reports of military armored vehicles transported across America

  1. Wish I’d got a pic of it but just a couple of days ago I saw 2 “desert camo” APC’s in Guntersville, AL (north-central AL).

  2. They are replacements for all the vehicles given to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  3. They’re likely elements of the Stryker Brigade heading to the desert warfare center (Hunter Liggett?) for desert war training. We used to put our tanks and recon vehicles on trains to go to the Yakima Firing Center for training (That was back in 76, though.) Nothing nefarious.

  4. When I sent the earlier video to my nephew, who is retired navy, he said they were common for training units. Let us hope and pray there is an innocent reason.

  5. JBLM is the major Stryker Brigade base. There are direct rail sidings into JBLM for the delivery of heavy vehicles. They also use the railroads to transport them down to some of the larger training ranges in CA, NM and NV.

    Absolutely nothing uncommon about moving armored unit equipment by rail.

  6. Sure enough, Strykers and looks like a whole brigade of ’em.

  7. They’re not even necessarily Strykers. Army Strykers are a borrowed design of USMC LAV’s (light armored vehicle). So they may even be for more than one branch of the military. Besides, whoever’s operating those vehicles has sworn to protect the citizens of the United States from all foes, foreign and DOMESTIC. Any order of action against the citizens of this country would be considered an act of treason. That order would be the biggest and last that this government made…

  8. Wild Bill Alaska sent me this email:

    Due to changing geopolitical necessities our defense posture is refocusing to the Pacific. While we are still engaged in the middle East,our presence there will be drawn down severely in the near future. After our disengagement from from Iraq vast quantities of military hardware were repatriated to the US.I believe what we are seeing with these shipments is the re-positioning of this equipment to our West coast ports prior to redeployment to bases in the Pacific rim region to counter China’s growing military presence there. The following link is to one article on this issue. I hope this helps to alleviate any concerns on your part regarding this activity.

    THANKS, Wild Bill! and to all who wrote comments, that this activity should not alarm us. 😀

  9. It is practice ammo. Most government agencies have a tendency to practice with the same ammunition they use in a ‘real world’ situation. Why? Same reason race car drivers don’t practice on ‘cheap’ tires. Same reason pro ball players don’t practice with whiffle balls. You want practice to replicate real life.

    Hollow point ammo doesn’t feed? Absolute nonsense. The only commonly found semi-automatic handgun in common use today that is finicky about certain types of hollow point ammo is the ‘1911’, and that is a side effect of the fact that it was never designed to use them.

    Kill round? Nope. Hollow point bullets are designed to expand upon impact, and use that increased surface area to deliver all their energy quickly to the target. Their primary design purpose is to have stopping power, and not necessarily killing power.

    You’re 0 for 3, Hardknox. Maybe you should keep your thoughts to yourself until you have something worth adding to the conversation other than ignorant hysteria.

    Oh, and for the record, I am very concerned about why various government agencies who you wouldn’t think would have need for so much ammunition are purchasing it. However, the subject is totally unrelated to this article.

  10. Wasn’t this done about two years ago?

  11. I too have seen a train with an extreme amount of armored vehicles, tanks etc….it happened late 2013 through downtown Ft. Worth. they were heading west and covered in desert camo


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