Lockdown

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.

6 thoughts on “Lockdown”

  1. Perchance is Piñon Canyon a new name for old Camp Red Devil where the also old 5th Army Recondo School was located??? The round trip driving distance piqued a notional memory strand. Hate it when sensitive equipment is what is MIA.

    1. No. Camp Red Devil was on Ft. Carson itself. PCMS is waaay the heck down almost to the New Mexico border. It’s a huge site, twice the size of Ft. Carson. And they want to double it in size.

  2. My former Son in Law’s unit at Ft. Stewart had a lock down when one of he troops mislaid his M-16. All weapons had been brought into the motor pool area where I had dropped him off early that morning. It was 4 days before they finally found the piece. They were originally headed to the field that morning.

    I had a nice visit with his Company CO and first shirt, however. Made me really feel sorry for them.

  3. Makes me glad that I was on a submarine…everything that we needed was on the black tube of despair…not like we were bloody likely to leave in it port before we headed out to sea to make our Patrol!!

    On the other hand, we locked down the movie VCR tapes like they were made of gold….!!

    Different priorities.

  4. “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.”

    What the heck is that all about? Who needed that reassurance?

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