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.