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Army says missing JBLM equipment is worth $600,000

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm with 24 Comments »
January 10, 2012 7:38 am

The Army Criminal Investigative Command confirmed that the haul of missing weapon accessories at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is worth about $600,000.

A company of soldiers in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division remains on lockdown today while CID conducts interviews and completes its investigation. The soldiers generally have been confined to their battalion headquarters since Wednesday, though they’ve been able to attend church and see family members at certain meals.

Army spokesman Maj. Chris Ophardt said CID is planning a town hall on the lockdown for soldiers and the families this Saturday.

March Forward!, a anti-war veterans advocacy group, yesterday circulated this petition and called for the brigade to release the soldiers. The group yesterday said the missing equipment was worth $630,000.

“As a new mother and wife it was hard to deal with my husband on deployment alone. But this is just as hard. To see him treated like a criminal by the same military he went to war for is devastating,” an anonymous spouse of a 4th Brigade soldier told March Forward!.

The missing materials include laser sights, rifle scopes and night vision equipment, the CID said.

It’s worth noting the 4th Brigade command Col. Mike Getchell has been taking some creative approaches to deterring misconduct since his soldiers returned from Iraq in September 2010.

Army CID is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps the investigation. It can be reached at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at 253.967.3151.

Leave a comment Comments → 24
  1. Maybe the annonymous spouse will take note of the amount and how serious this matter is to the Army, fellow soldiers, and all citizens before she whines to the press.

  2. Obvious says:

    Appreciate the Military for standing Firm and being accountable. Private citizens and Military families alike should be Thankful that this is really being investigated. I as a private citizen am glad the Military is fully investigating this. It would be really ugly and scarey if in the wrong hands. I support our Troops and am a Mother of Two soldiers @ this base.

  3. NineInchNachosII says:

    check under the spy drone that crashed in Iran

  4. NineInchNachosII says:

    check ebay? craigslist?

  5. So they split it 100 ways and each nets $6K. The new GI Bill?

  6. Dear New mother & wife, your husband works for a company that has it’s own laws, that just till recent discriminated against homosexual and got away with it, has it’s own court system, you can’t call in sick, if you get a sunburn you can loose money, you can’t just walk away from the job, don’t even think about cussing out your boss,can’t be late for work, make you work over time without over time pay. If the army wanted your husband to have a family he would have been issued one.

  7. saywhat253 says:

    @ toocan this is why i dont consider america my home land! i was born and raise on that base…the way this government thinks it can play us like a fiddle isjust wrong when peoplestart burning down corperate america guess whats next? over throwing the people you put into office!

  8. saywhat253 says:

    isnt america known for innocent till proven guilty… so whyare all there service members paying for one bad apple ( or a couple ) im sure it had to be 2 or 3 people sneeking a half mill of equipment out…

  9. guidocarmasi says:

    wow. Incredible amount !! Let them all out and see who starts sporting jewelry, fancy cars and clothing. Hope it does not end up in Iran. Sounds like an inside job.HAve they thought of using lie detectors?

  10. What if someone like the D.C. Sniper got ahold of this stuff? Anonymous wife needs to stop endangering her husband’s career by running her mouth.

  11. Wife needs to be upset at the thieves not the Army. Seems to be someone had to be working in a warehouse where these stolen items were required to be signed in and out. They’ve probably been pilfering items for a long time and just got away with it too often. I’m sure a little investigating will bring this all out.

  12. akamom03 says:

    Maybe they sold the stuff to the punks who robbed Sportco of the 42 weapons.

  13. gonefishin69690 says:

    Worth $600,000.00?? no, that’s just what WE paid for it.

  14. The military had always had its own internal methods for dealing with theft and even minor things like not having the floors buffed shiny enough.

    Lockdown is not at all unusual and perfectly legitimate. In the ’60s when I was USAF, our squadron was “confined to barracks” in Texas because someone’s transistor radio had gone missing. When I was in SAC it was not unusual for the entire base to be locked down due to real or even practice alerts. When I was in ‘Nam, we were locked-down, confined to base as semi-mobile targets, I guess.

    Mother and wife, learn to live with it so long as your husband is in the military. Don’t whine. It’s unbecoming.

  15. I say get gunny sgt. Ermy on the case. “I will P T you till you die.” Why are they so worried about the cost, I’m sure a lot more than that was abandoned in the gulf wars. But hope it gets straightened out.

  16. Why can’t military, or government for that matter, keep track of it’s stuff. One reason could be that since the taxpayer is funding it, it doesn’t matter. I for one am very tired of Government inefficiency, waste and corruption. Time to get serious about costs and frivolous accounting.

  17. NineInchNachosII says:

    Need new leadership at JBLM, vote them out!

  18. NineInchNachosII says:

    unionize the troops!

  19. itwasntmethistime says:

    New mother and wife should be mad at the thieves, not at the Army for doing whatever it takes to catch them.

    When the thieves are caught, they should be punished for the theft AND have to pay back all the time and money they have cost their fellow soldiers for not being home with their families, although I don’t know how you pay a guy back for missing his kid’s birthday party or basketball game.

  20. It seems incredible that anyone could get off base with that much valuable equipment. Maybe it’s just missing on paper! Surely, even though the real thieves won’t ‘fess up someone knows who took it.

  21. NineInchNachosII says:

    Reagan sold them to Iran in the 80’s

  22. I hope they find the thieves, I just hope they don’t spend a million to recover $600K.

    New wife and mom, I feel for you as I couldn’t imagine spending that much time away from my wife and baby boy, but then again, it’s one of the reasons I never joined any branch of the military. It’s kind of what you both signed up for. Good luck and I hope they all get to go home soon.

  23. GoBrowns says:

    Go Browns

  24. weethepeople says:

    Six hundred grand? No problem, got change for a million?

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