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Soldiers on Lockdown After 'Sensitive' Military Equipment is Stolen from Washington Base
FoxNews.com ^ | 1/8/12 | NewsCore

Posted on 01/08/2012 11:19:00 AM PST by ColdOne

FORT LEWIS, Wash – More than 100 soldiers were on lockdown Sunday after "sensitive" military equipment was stolen from a base in Fort Lewis, Wash.

The soldiers were put on lockdown Wednesday after items such as scopes, night vision goggles and range finders went missing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the holidays, myFOXSpokane.com reported.

Lewis-McChord spokesman Matt Hinkle said Saturday that the army was carrying out a criminal investigation into the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division after the "sensitive" items went missing, The News Tribune reported.

"They'll be on base until the items are found," Hinkle, who estimated the company contained about 100- 200 soldiers, said. "This is the unit's property that's come up missing."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: lockdown; lost; missing

1 posted on 01/08/2012 11:19:01 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Fort Lewis was one of the haunts of the Beltway Sniper who terrorized the DC metro area in 2002.


2 posted on 01/08/2012 11:21:48 AM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: ColdOne

A little rear echelon redistribution of wealth.


3 posted on 01/08/2012 11:22:21 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: ColdOne

Ohhhhh, that sucks hardcore. Glad I’m not in 4-2.


4 posted on 01/08/2012 11:24:19 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: ColdOne
lost Pictures, Images and Photos
5 posted on 01/08/2012 11:25:02 AM PST by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: ColdOne

Time to check Ebay for some great post-holiday specials.


6 posted on 01/08/2012 11:26:09 AM PST by cryptical (The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: ColdOne

Gangs improving their caspacity to sack what remains of American wealth.


7 posted on 01/08/2012 11:29:42 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: ColdOne
Soldiers on Lockdown
Saw this on the news. They interviewed a couple of soldiers' relatives who were whining that the lockdown was "unfair."
Unbelievable.
8 posted on 01/08/2012 11:37:24 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ColdOne
"What goggles?"


9 posted on 01/08/2012 11:37:33 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Getting kind of ambitious aren’t ya?


10 posted on 01/08/2012 11:42:35 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Future Snake Eater

If I was locked down until who knows when, I would track down the asshats and give them a blanket party


11 posted on 01/08/2012 12:01:16 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Same thing happen to us with some night vision goggles ,turned out that had been send in for repairs, D’oh


12 posted on 01/08/2012 12:04:17 PM PST by molson209
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To: ColdOne
...night vision goggles and range finders went missing...

I don't think that these inanimate objects "went" anything. It sounds to me like they were stolen.

13 posted on 01/08/2012 12:05:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed!!!!!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I was also wondering if there might be gang members in the unit.


14 posted on 01/08/2012 12:12:31 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: gundog

note to unit armorers: look inside the cases when you inventory, don’t just assume that the items are actually in the case.


15 posted on 01/08/2012 12:12:43 PM PST by RC one (Scorch the earth Newt. Scorch it.)
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To: Yorlik803

If that person was known, there wouldn’t be any blankets involved, they’d just beat his ass until he gave up the equipment.

Thank God it wasn’t a weapon—then the whole post would be locked down!


16 posted on 01/08/2012 12:21:13 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Enterprise
There are reports of gang members being groomed for enlistment for the sole purpose of obtaining sophisticated and heavy weapons. Some of the weaponry is heading south to Mexico. A few years ago there was a report of an arrest made where those arrested had artillery they were taking to Mexico. I'm sure others are taking weapons for the Social War that is coming here.
17 posted on 01/08/2012 12:22:26 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I serviced NVGs as a Reserve miltech. As long as the units kept them locked up in the arms room and did monthly sensitive item inventory just as with the weapons, then no problemo.

Units that train in the field a lot are going to have all kinds of sensitive stuff signed out at all times. Got it. But as long as that NVG or radio or weapon is on a hand receipt with serial # and somebody’s signed for it, accountability should be easy to establish, just sayin’.

PS by your username you must be a `real helicopter pilot’. I was too, a gazillion years ago. Vietnam ‘71-72.


18 posted on 01/08/2012 12:23:10 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: Enterprise

Hate to say it, but I would not be surprised. In my husbands days in senior leadership, it was considered more racially based than gang related, but that might be a distinction without a difference.


19 posted on 01/08/2012 12:25:35 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: molson209
Same thing happen to us with some night vision goggles ,turned out that had been send in for repairs, D’oh

I'll bet that XO got quite a lesson on property accountability afterwards!

20 posted on 01/08/2012 12:26:18 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: ColdOne
Not the first time.
According to FBI investigative data, in April 2006 a Blood member and active duty soldier at Fort Lewis allegedly robbed a bowling alley on base and is a suspect in a home invasion robbery in Olympia, Washington.

More recently.....
Investigators discovered one of the stolen guns in Gonzalez's car at Fort Lewis.

21 posted on 01/08/2012 12:26:41 PM PST by moehoward
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To: ColdOne

Should be an easy case. Who signed for them last? Whoever had them signed out, or signed into his storage area, is responsible for them,,,,Period.
At least that was the USMC approach.


22 posted on 01/08/2012 12:29:23 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: ColdOne

"OK, so the mullahs need some scopes, night vision goggles and range finders? Uh, OK. How's the drone working out?"


23 posted on 01/08/2012 12:33:29 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: lightman

Hmmm. While investigators will, of course, need to consider all options, for starters, two likely possibly sources of influence for this crime come to mind immediately: Muslims and/or Mexican Gangs. The difference between the two is moot, as it has been demontrated that Hezbollah now apparently operates fairly freely south of the US border.

As I am just jumping, in I realize others have already made similar points — but this bears repeating, I would say!


24 posted on 01/08/2012 12:48:08 PM PST by man_in_tx (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!)
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL!


25 posted on 01/08/2012 12:57:23 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Maybe they’re republicans....


26 posted on 01/08/2012 1:12:43 PM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: joe fonebone
"You, the American army?"

27 posted on 01/08/2012 1:21:57 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: elcid1970
Awright! Another rotorhead! UH-1H, and the OH-58 series here. Retired in 93.

I spent my last 7 years in an AH-64 Attack unit. We had the new (at that time) ANVIS/AVS-6. A pair came up missing once. oy. It was worse than losing an M-16 or M-60. We weren't allowed to even breathe until they were found.

28 posted on 01/08/2012 1:26:08 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed!!!!!)
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To: wally_bert
"No, baby, we're not."
29 posted on 01/08/2012 1:33:59 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: oh8eleven
Saw this on the news. They interviewed a couple of soldiers' relatives who were whining that the lockdown was "unfair."
Unbelievable.

Don't really blame them for "whining". I'd be livid if I couldn't go home to my family because some a--hole pilfered some gear.

30 posted on 01/08/2012 1:37:19 PM PST by Drew68 (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: PLMerite
"We're not the army, we're independent businessmen."
31 posted on 01/08/2012 2:54:53 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Heh, heh! I flew Hueys in RVN and kept up my minimums in the OH-58A (aka the Frisbee) ever afterward since I am originally a tanker. RLO at first, break in service, retired last year as a warrant.

Think that AVS-6 lockdown was bad? Try losing a serial numbered cash collection sheet! AR sez the responsible officer gets a statement of charges for the maximum amount possible on the missing sheet (per diem plus meal cost). But the new Xerox machine and new whiteout came to the rescue and a new CCS was forged from the specimen in the AR and everyone re-signed it until the cash on hand balanced, both were turned in, and that was that.

Geez, I miss those days!

;^)


32 posted on 01/08/2012 3:37:46 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: ColdOne

Check the Amish soldiers.


33 posted on 01/08/2012 3:39:29 PM PST by Defiant (President Odinga is setting the stage for chaos in the streets. Obey!)
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To: Drew68
I'd be livid if I couldn't go home to my family because some a--hole pilfered some gear.
The military concept that all must suffer when someone screws up was POUNDED into us at Parris Island.
Obviously, not everyone grasps the meaning of that lesson.
34 posted on 01/08/2012 3:42:23 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: elcid1970
I flew Hueys in RVN and kept up my minimums in the OH-58A (aka the Frisbee) ever afterward since I am originally a tanker. RLO at first, break in service, retired last year as a warrant.

Whoa! You are an old fart! ;)

35 posted on 01/08/2012 5:35:28 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: ColdOne
The soldiers were put on lockdown Wednesday after items such as scopes, night vision goggles and range finders went missing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the holidays, myFOXSpokane.com reported.

Geez! Back in '78, Ft Polk went on lockdown for two weeks because someone lost an M16. Family members were real pi$$ed....no PX, no commissary....

36 posted on 01/08/2012 5:38:38 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: wally_bert

One of my all-time favorite movies.

“Tigers! Nobody said nothin’ about no Tigers!”


37 posted on 01/08/2012 6:07:16 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: RC one
Left a PVS4 out of its case after a FX.Armorer found out late.Platoon Sgt. wanted blood and C.O. wanted to hang me.Battalion was ready for four day weekend.It was in my humvee.I ran it back through our quad as hundreds of fellow soldiers gave me hell.Never lived it down but learned my lesson after “counseling”.It made me a better soldier.Been through many lock-downs.They suck.
38 posted on 01/08/2012 7:07:42 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: shanover

yeah, my unit lost a few things here and there too. Lockdown was never pleasent. I imagine this unit is hating life right about now.


39 posted on 01/09/2012 2:59:07 AM PST by RC one (Scorch the earth Newt. Scorch it.)
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To: PLMerite

Always with the negative waves, moriarity...


40 posted on 01/09/2012 4:29:47 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: shanover
Been through many lock-downs.They suck.

Yep. I remember one incident in particular. Our Inf Bn just came off a week long ARTEP. One of our companies came up short a bayonet. The entire Bn was locked down for 12 hours looking for it but it never surfaced. The Bn Cdr rolled the entire unit back to the field to scour the terrain for the missing bayonet. It "magically" appeared within an hour after we were back in the field.

41 posted on 01/09/2012 4:56:36 AM PST by TADSLOS (Gingrich-Santorum FTW!)
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To: PLMerite

Oddball was the best part of KH. I was watching An Officer And A Movie running KH and the commentator (I forget who) said essentially an Oddball type simply couldn’t exist as Donald did in the movie. Most people figured that ages ago surely but being over the top is what sold Oddball.


42 posted on 01/15/2012 6:02:42 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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