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Army ends JBLM lockdown; officers continue search for missing gear

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm with 11 Comments »
January 10, 2012 6:00 pm

The Army is nearing the end of its investigation into missing weapons accessories at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and it is releasing about 100 soldiers who have been kept under lockdown for the past six days.

Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division were allowed to go home tonight at 5:45 p.m., the Army said in a news release. They have been generally restricted to their battalion headquarters since Wednesday.

Criminal investigators are still looking for equipment including night vision goggles, laser sights and rifle scopes. They Army values the equipment at $600,000.

“The Army takes property accountability very seriously,” brigade commander Col. Michael Getchell said in the news release. “These restrictions have been an integral part of the investigation, and it is the professional response the American taxpayer expects when over $600,000 worth of Army equipment is suspected to be stolen.”

The Army Criminal Investigative Division is still offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps officers find the gear. It can be reached at 253.967.3151.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. buttmanroad says:

    How About checking out the Civilian sector that works there. Just a thought.

  2. Dragoonchris says:

    Nope, Civilians do not work in the area’s where these particular items were taken.

  3. McChord sure has been mentioned multiple times in the news (LA Times, Fox, CNN) lately and not for the right reasons.

    The bases should go back to their old names (pre-merger)…then McChord wouldn’t be lumped in with all the stuff going on at FORT LEWIS!

    In My Humble Opinion

  4. Dragoonchris says:

    More Service members, More problems.

  5. thewestside says:

    Could an officer have taken the stuff? Were officers in lock down?

  6. killemall says:

    to: imho- Couldn’t agree more. McChord Field the sign on I5 says,certainly the Air Force has gotten the shaft from DOD with the merger. Let the Army side take credit where credit is due and leave the Air side out of their dirty laundry.

  7. Me think’s it’s time to begin the Officer lock down. Must have been an officer who took them toy’s. Maybe they will attempt selling them at a swap meet near you.

  8. Well, one commenter said the stuff would show up right after hunting season. So we’ll just have to be patient. Of course, there’s that reward which the thief is probably trying to figure out how to snag.

    Then there’s the possibility that the stuff really isn’t missing here but was swiped in Iraq (or transferred to the Republic of Iraq) and is just now being discovered to be gone.

  9. cford324 says:

    Why wouldn’t the officers be on lock down as well? It was probably a soldier who wanted to use the money to buy spice or pay off his 20″ rims at the rent-to-own shop.

    And the comments about McChord are just flat out wrong- I remember reading in the paper last week about the airman who was drunk and crashed his care into that clinic in Lakewood.

  10. As a former contractor I have three new still in the box white plastic toilet seats that I will gladly donate to Fort Lewis. That should save them about $300,000.00 on their next order. Just trying to help!

  11. @cford324,
    Flat out wrong? No.
    Yes, I read the story about the dumb drunk AF guy in Lakewood, that’s one story compared to the dozens of stories I’ve read concerning the things going on at FT LEWIS.

    Jeez, JBLM was named the worst base in the military and not because of McChord either. If joint basing did not happen, FT LEWIS would still have been given the title. This as a result of a few rotten apples.

    All I’m saying, in my humble opinion, is that McChord now has a bad reputation by being linked to FT LEWIS. Go back to two bases…have a nice day!

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