A security forces specialist assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, fires an M240 crew-served weapon April 12, 2017. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
Officials say that a wayward M240 general purpose machine gun discovered missing last month from a North Dakota military base has turned up.
Public affairs for Minot Air Force Base issued a short statement Wednesday that the missing 7.62x51mm caliber machine gun was discovered by Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ special agents at “an Airman’s off-base residence.”
The weapon was found to be missing during a routine inventory on May 16 just days after a box of 40mm ammunition for a Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher was thought to have fallen off of a Humvee during training.
In response to the incidents, Col. Jason Beers, the commander of Minot’s 91st Security Forces Group was removed from his post and reassigned.
Minot is part of the Air Force Global Strike Command and houses two main units: the 5th Bomber Wing which flies the famous B-52H Stratofortress, and the 91st Missile Wing which maintains 150 Minuteman III ICBMs in underground silos dispersed across the northwest part of the state.