Col. Jason Beers was relieved on Wednesday as commander of the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, “due to a loss of trust and confidence after a series of events under the scope of his leadership, including a recent loss of ammunition and weapons,” a 5th Bomb Wing news release says.
On May 1, the security forces unit lost a box of 40mm MK 19 grenades, which fell off the back of a military vehicle. Then, on May 16, an M240 machine gun turned up missing during a standard inventory check.
Following the two incidents, Global Strike Command, which is in charge of all of the Air Force’s nuclear missiles and bombers, ordered a command-wide weapons inventory for all airmen, not just security forces.
The 91st Security Forces group is tasked with safeguarding 150 Minuteman III nuclear missiles and launch facilities and 15 missile alert facilities, according to the 5th Bomb Wing.
So far, neither the missing machine gun nor the grenades have been found, said wing spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Humphries, who added there is still a $5,000 reward for the missing grenades. Anyone with pertinent information regarding the missing rounds should contact Air Force Office of Special Investigations at (701)-723-7909.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.