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WAR: Six U.S. Solders Court Martialed For Scrounging Equipment Needed For Their Vehicles.

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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 01:21 AM
Coming on the heels of recent complaints that U.S. troops were scavenging scrap to up amour their vehicles, 6 U.S. solders have been court martialed for scrounging equipment. The equipment in question were taken from abandoned U.S. vehicles in Kuwait. The solders in question state that they took the part to ensure that their vehicles could complete their fuel resupply mission. However, their commander stated that the troops should have returned the vehicles to their parent units.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - At a time when some U.S. troops in Iraq are complaining they have to scrounge for equipment, six Ohio-based reservists were court-martialed for taking Army vehicles abandoned in Kuwait by other units so they could carry out their own unit's mission to Iraq.

The soldiers say they needed the vehicles, and parts stripped from one, to deliver fuel to Iraq, but their former battalion commander said Sunday the troops should at least have returned the vehicles to their original units.

Members of the 656th Transportation Company based in Springfield, west of Columbus, said they needed the equipment to deliver fuel that was needed by U.S. forces in Iraq for everything from helicopters to tanks.

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This incident coupled with the pointed questions of Donald Rumsfield indicated that the high operational tempos combined with harsh conditions are taking their toll on the militaries equipment. Couple that with shortages, and our troops may have to make do with an increasingly trouble prone equipment situation. While Rumsfield may not be directly responsible, the buck stops with him and I will renew my call for his resignation.

posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 01:55 AM
Hard to fathom-

I understand the military point, but abandoned is abandoned.

They'll probably come out O.K. in the end- Ohio is a 'red state'

posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 02:14 AM
In war you have to constantly balance ethics with your own survival, do what it takes and take what it does.....

posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 02:22 AM

Originally posted by Countermeasures
In war you have to constantly balance ethics with your own survival, do what it takes and take what it does.....

The thing is if thier story was true, is that they were taking the parts to make thier unit mission ready to carry outa refuling assignment. However, this did occur in kuwait and not Iraq, so they were in all likleyhood notunder direct fire.

posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 05:40 AM
Upon first glance, I though, if this were true, then they should have gotten an a$$-chewing at best. A court-martial is too heavy-handed for this. But then I read

But once the reservists were done with the assignment, they should have sought out the units the vehicles belonged to, he said.

"Instead of taking the trucks back to their rightful owners, the first thing was erasing the identity marks and dumping them off at bases," Wicker said. "They destroyed it. They did the enemy's job. ... Those trucks could be used for other units."

Wicker ordered the investigation of the thefts, which occurred before he assumed the battalion post.

"Taking the trucks in my mind was not the worst thing they did," Wicker said from Fort Hood, Texas, where he is now with the Army's 13th Corps Support Command.

and I had to admit they did wrong. They should get an a$$-chewing and sent to bed without supper.

[edit on 13-12-2004 by jsobecky]

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