January 8th, 2012
03:48 AM ET

Dozens of soldiers on lockdown over missing military equipment

Nearly 100 soldiers are confined to a Washington base following a report of missing sensitive military equipment, including scopes and night lasers, a spokesman said Sunday.

Soldiers in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division unit can have day visits but must sleep at the base at night, said Maj. Chris Ophardt, a spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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  1. Hugh Jass©

    My cousin, Walter (Radar) O'Reilly sent an entire jeep home from Korea.

    January 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete/Ark

    Let's play "what if". What if the hardware really is stolen. The area around Ft.Lewis has a 20year history as a recruiting ground for extremists ranging from radical islamists to neo-nazi skinheads. Now, what if it's in the hands of someone who dislikes your religion,politics,race,etc. Theories and opinions are a freedom...facts and security are interlocked necessities. Until this is settled don't sleep too soundly.

    January 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      why play? fort lewis is no longer a legitimate military base has been a front, utilized by extreme groups, to supply various home grown terrorist organizations...for years...

      January 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    This is indeed worrisome.
    There are no well organized terrorist orgs here accept for neo-nazis, & supermacist militias. Other than that there is organized crime.
    This kind of hardware is worshipped in these circles.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gold Dragon©

    Good morning everyone.

    Military equipment has not been properly inventoried for years. This has resulted in over spending of military funds to replace equipment due to lack of following procedures. The MIA should be audited to show the massive loss of equipment and funds and why.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bravo

    Relax. The soldiers being held are probaably just some gangster thugs who opted for the military rather than prison. Stuff like this is to be expected when known criminals are enlisted through our court system.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bravo

    Not to mention military entytlement fraud that cost's US our Social Security. About 80% of what we call "defense spending" is spent on lavish military entytlements. The 20% remainder isn't enough to finance wars and occupations, so it's "borrowed" from our social security treasury. A man can serve as a supply clerk for six yrs., and upon leaving the military claim that he's disabled mentally, collect 2,800 dollars/mo plus medical for life. He can even start a cash business in his fav g/f's name and sell phat tires and wheelz to returning soldiers on the side! 26 yrs. old, retired, set for life. The American Dream come true thanks to you.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
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