So…. don’t lose a weapon.
Lot’s of items count as sensitive equipment, and can trigger a lockdown. And you can spend quite a bit of time in that status. Rumor has it, 1-66AR lost a weapon. They might be there a while
A soldier “lockdown” that started Thursday is still in effect as of Friday morning.
Fort Carson says the lockdown involves soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, and is “due to the unauthorized removal of government property from the unit area.”
The Mountain Post did not elaborate on what the “government property” is. They did tell 11 News that in this particular instance, lockdown simply means that the soldiers are being kept on-duty working instead of being released to go home. Fort Carson also stressed that this only affects a small portion of the post, about 500-700 of 26,000 soldiers.
Fort Carson stated that this type of lockdown is a common procedure when property is missing, and that all soldiers will be taken care of until they are released. A spokesperson said soldiers are being fed, given showers and will be provided with medications if needed.
One time, we went to Pinon Canyon for a couple weeks, then came home for a weekend, preparatory to going back down for another week or two. It’s a couple hours drive from Ft. Carson to Pinon Canyon.
We brought back all our weapons, night vision goggles, and such, but left the Bradleys at Pinon Canyon.
After cleaning our weapons and turning them in, there was one little problem. We were short on M47 Dragon missile system night sight. The night sight was a BIG piece of equipment. And terribly expensive. And an all around flaming pain in the butt to use.
It wasn’t really missing, though. One squad simply didn’t realize they were required to bring it back to Carson, and had left it locked inside the buttoned up Bradley.
So the CO’s driver, the humiliated squad leader (NOT ME!) and the guilty platoon sergeant all had to drive back to Pinon Canyon, retrieve the sight, and return.
Of course, none of us could be released from duty until the round trip was complete. It was annoying, but nothing like some other units have gone through.