Guys who protect nuclear weapons — can’t find their hand grenades!

Something looking like this

The Air Force is offering $5,000 for leads on the whereabouts of a box of explosive grenade rounds that its personnel accidentally dropped on a road in North Dakota while traveling between two intercontinental ballistic missile sites — the facilities scattered across the U.S. heartland that stand ready to launch nuclear warheads at a moment’s notice.

Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team were traveling on gravel roads May 1 in North Dakota when the back hatch of their vehicle opened and a container filled with the explosive ammunition fell out, according to a statement from Minot Air Force Base.

❝ On May 11, the Air Force sent more than 100 airmen to walk the entire six-mile route where the grenades were probably lost, according to a statement from the local Mountrail County sheriff. But two weeks after it was lost, the box of explosives still hasn’t been found.

I think the appropriate phrase is “they can’t find their butts with both hands”…

5 thoughts on “Guys who protect nuclear weapons — can’t find their hand grenades!

  1. Bilko says:

    In addition to the box of 40mm ammunition for a Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher a M240 general purpose machine gun is also missing from Minot Air Force Base. The 32 grenades reportedly fell off a Humvee in a training area on May 1 while the 7.62x51mm machine gun was discovered missing during a standard weapons inventory on May 16. “The 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing immediately began a search of their weapons inventories and opened an investigation with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.” Minot is part of the Air Force Global Strike Command and houses two main units: the 5th Bomber Wing which flies the B-52H Stratofortress, and the 91st Missile Wing which maintains 150 Minuteman III ICBMs [one-third of the USAF’s Minuteman ICBMs] in underground silos dispersed across the northwest part of North Dakota.

  2. nicknielsensc says:

    In re: the grenades, I suspect some ND farmboy is thinking he’s going to have a bang-up time on the 4th of July.

  3. Jr. Birdman says:

    “The commander of the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota was fired Wednesday, after the high-profile losses of a crate of grenade launcher ammunition and a machine gun.
    Col. Jason Beers was relieved by the commander of the 91st Missile Wing, Col. Colin Connor “due to a loss of trust and confidence after a series of events under the scope of his leadership,” including the weapon and ammunition losses, according to a release from Minot.
    The release also said Beers was responsible for making sure the security forces group was trained, organized and equipped to secure 150 Minuteman III nuclear missiles and launch facilities, and 15 missile alert facilities across 8,500 square miles.”

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