While all branches of the US military insist that a tiny percentage of explosives are lost or stolen from their stockpiles, a PA investigation suggests that the disappearance of grenades, C4s and even rockets is often overlooked.
Investigating the disappearance of more than 2,000 military firearms since 2010, the agency has also searched for files on the missing explosives. According to a report released Thursday, the US military returned with a list of 1,900 incidents, “about half” which he declared to have been recovered and declared to have maintained “Appropriate responsibility of 99.999984% of ammunition. “
a @AP The investigation found that a range of explosives – TNT, armor-piercing grenades, plastic explosives and even rockets – have been stolen or lost by the US military over the past decade. https://t.co/8ZhFHbmz8E
– The associated press (@AP) December 2, 2021
The Air Force said it lost approximately 50 pounds (23 kg) of C4 explosives, more than 800 feet (244 meters) of detonating cord, and “a few dozen” 40mm armor-piercing grenades during the years in question.
The Navy said only 20 hand grenades were stolen and 18 of them were recovered. But, when faced with a report of another 24 missing from a ship’s arsenal in 2012, said the incident exceeded the 2-year record-keeping requirement.
The army listed 1,066 incidents involving TNT or C4, but was unable to specify the quantity of explosives missing. The rest of the entrances involved artillery and mortar shells, rockets, hand and 40mm grenades, as well as landmines.
Marine Corps data was “too unclear” for an accurate count. The analysis of the AP suggested “thousands” armor-piercing grenades and hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives were lost or stolen. USMC said “some” of it was later retrieved, and reports are “often” due to human error such as wrong inventory or incorrect documentation.
In one particular case described by AP, a sergeant at Camp Lejeune had started taking C4 remains in the summer of 2016, fearing a civil war if Hillary Clinton won the presidential election. After Donald Trump’s victory, he buried 10 blocks of plastic explosives weighing around 13 pounds in the backyard of his house.
“The riots, talking about arms seizures, I saw this country heading towards a frightening unknown future”, Sergeant Travis Glosser later wrote in a seven-page statement to NCIS investigators. “I had one thing in mind and only one thing, I am protecting my family and my constitutional rights.”
It was discovered by accident. Another Navy sergeant had brought home a backpack full of unexploded materials after a training exercise – and it was found by a group of local teenagers who broke into the house in 2018.
Other incidents reported by AP included a training rocket flight at Fort Hood, Texas, a 2013 theft of 36 TNT sticks from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and a soldier in Quantico, Va., Stealing boxes. explosives and detonators. Another explosives technician at the same base took away four fragmentation grenades, mistakenly noting them as detonated during training.
In another incident in 2018, investigators found four blocks of C4 and detonating cord, as well as eight 40mm grenades, in the home of a former marine in Colorado. He guarded the nuclear powered submarines in Kings Bay, Georgia, where the articles came from. Six other people pleaded guilty after an investigation found that an additional 50 pounds (23 kg) of plastic explosives had been stolen from the base.
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