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Colonel Fired For Losing Machine Gun, Grenades Headed To Air Force Special Operations Command
In what can only be described as “failing up,” a colonel who was fired after his security forces airmen unit lost a machine gun and grenades while guarding nuclear missiles is headed to a new job at Air Force Special Operations Command.
Col. Jason Beers has been assigned as chief of the installations division at AFSOC headquarters, said AFSOC spokeswoman Capt. Amanda Farr. His job will include managing funding for security forces and civil engineers and implanting policy for the installations division.
When asked why Beers is taking on this new post after being relieved of command, Farr replied: “We are fully confident in the colonel's ability to manage our security forces and civil engineer programs for the command.”
Task & Purpose was unable to contact Beers for comment by deadline on Friday.
On May 23, Beers was canned as commander of the 91st Security Forces Group and Chief Master Sgt. Nikki Drago was fired as the unit’s superintendent after the airmen under their command lost a box of 40mm MK 19 grenades, which fell off the back of a military vehicle, and an M240 machine gun was found to be missing during a weapons inventory.
The 91st Security Forces group falls under the Air Force’s Global Strike Command, which has purview over all of the service’s nuclear missiles and bombers. Stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, the unit is responsible for guarding 150 nuclear missiles and 15 missile alert facilities at the 8,500 square-mile missile complex.
In the wake of the machine gun and grenades SNAFU, Global Strike Command ordered a weapons inventory for all airmen.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
A system that intercepts enemy rockets and a brand-new munition? Tank you very much.
The Navy is looking into the possibility of sending explosive ordnance disposal units on shorter and possibly more frequent deployments, service officials said on Wednesday.
Right now, EOD techs train for 18 months and deploy for another six months as part of their optimized fleet response plan, but the Navy is conducting a review of that training and deployment cycle, Navy officials told reporters.
A Navy analysis is looking at whether EOD techs should spend a total of 32 or 36 months training and deployed per cycle, said Capt. Oscar Rojas, who leads Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 in San Diego.