Already smarting from a high-profile misplacement of nuclear missile components, the accidental burning of radioactive uranium and a friendly fire incident at the Utah Test and Training Range, Hill Air Force Base officials on Wednesday acknowledged that they were searching for a case of missing M-16 assault rifles.
Base personnel said security was out in full force Tuesday as the officials attempted to locate the shipping case, which contained a dozen of the military's standard small-caliber weapon.
"It's possible that the rifles fell off a government vehicle while being moved from one location on base to another," 75th Air Base Wing commander Linda Medler said in a statement.
She called the recovery of the missing weapons "our top priority."
Hill officials were silent on further details, including which unit on base was responsible for the loss, citing a "continuing investigation."
Officials asked for assistance from the public, saying that anyone with information about the loss should contact base security or their local law enforcement agency.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
A Little Help, Please
Hey, if you see a crate full of M16s, could you, you know, help a dude out or something and not get all huffy?