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Missing ammo puts Bragg unit on lockdown

Posted July 18, 2013

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— The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg has been under lockdown since late Tuesday while authorities search for some missing ammunition, according to a post spokeswoman.

A routine inventory turned up "discrepancies in the accountability of small arms ammunition," prompting soldiers in the combat team to be recalled "to their respective unit areas" until the issue is resolved, the spokeswoman said.

"This equipment accountability discrepancy has no effect on the overall readiness level in support of the Global Response Force mission," the spokeswoman said.

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  • torchhappysean Jul 19, 2013

    So they "noticed" a few bullets missing but didnt notice the mortars missing that ended up in a Raleigh scrap yard?? SMH...

  • davisgw Jul 18, 2013

    There must be a significant amount missing for a lockdown to be put into place. I can also tell from some of the comments made here that some of the commentators have never been in the service.

  • TITAN4X4 Jul 18, 2013

    I am retired USAF and have been locked down b/c someone from a sister military branch "lost" a weapon while on an exercise that involved one of our helos. We were deployed so it wasn't a bad lockdown. 3 days of tearing the helo apart, combing the loading area, the LZ and exercise area turned up nothing. After a week, the weapon turned up. It was never involved in the training exercise. Someone tried to claim they lost the weapon when, in fact, they were trying to smuggle the weapon home!

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 18, 2013

    "The more the Feds try to limit civilian access to ammunition the more ammunition will come up missing at military units."

    Yes, let's all blame the Fed instead of the criminals. How interestingly...foolish.

  • ftpc99 Jul 18, 2013

    "Senseless military thinking. Most likely the ammo has been missing for more time than needed to get it off post or out of the state. Do they really think someone is going to pull it out of a locker or duffle bag and turn it in. Punishing everyone just punishes the innocent and the famalies. kermit60"

    So tell us your better, more effective way to handle this?

  • joeBob Jul 18, 2013

    50cents a round for 223 and 75 cents a round for 308 on the open market. After the first foray into the sandbox there was tons of "surplus" ammunition on the market.

  • mep Jul 18, 2013

    Standard procedure, since ammo is distributed in set amounts for particular drills, and a set amount is expected to be returned at the end of a drill. When a serious discrepancy occurs, the unit is placed in lock-down until the ammo is accounted for or found.

    Yes it stinks for both the soldiers and their families.... but we are talking about military ammo, paid for by taxpayers that expect such accountability.

    You should see what happens when a weapon or sensitive piece of equipment turns up missing!

  • realcloak Jul 18, 2013

    'Hands across the desert'? In this heat? Somebody's about to have some 'incentive training' six ways to sunday with 1st Sgt and CSM after the brigade commander gets sick of the shenannigans and chalks it up as a loss.

  • kermit60 Jul 18, 2013

    Senseless military thinking. Most likely the ammo has been missing for more time than needed to get it off post or out of the state. Do they really think someone is going to pull it out of a locker or duffle bag and turn it in. Punishing everyone just punishes the innocent and the famalies.

  • NoObamaCare Jul 18, 2013

    "No Brass, No Ammo Drill Sgt!"

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