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Air Force’s missing machine gun found in airman’s off-base housing

Airman 1st Class Jesse Kassed, a 822nd Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, fires an M240B machine gun at fixed targets down range Feb. 3, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)
June 21, 2018

An M-240 machine gun that went missing last month from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota has been recovered.

“Special Agents from Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 813, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, obtained a federal search warrant and recovered an M-240 machine gun reported missing from Minot AFB in an Airman’s off-base residence Tuesday, June 19,” according to a statement from Minot Air Force Base.

The M240 machine gun was found to be missing during a weapons inventory check on May 16.

No further information on the identity of the airman or other details have been released, pending the investigation.

The missing machine gun was the second of Minot Air Force Base’s troubles in May.

On May 1, a container of ammunition for an automatic grenade launcher fell out of the back of a Humvee and could not be located after a two-week search for the ammunition in North Dakota.

The Air Force even offered a $5,000 reward for information that would lead to the recovery of the ammunition.

The grenade launcher ammunition is still missing.

Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a command-wide inventory check on all weapons due to the two incidents.

The commander of the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot Air Force Base was fired last month after the loss of the grenades and the machine gun in separate incidents.

Col. Jason Beers was relieved by Col. Colin Connor, 91st Missile Wing commander, “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,” according to the release.

The 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team is responsible for protecting the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos that are in use by Minot Air Force Base.