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Missing Inaction

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Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson / U.S. Air Force

Air Force Master Sgt. Ernest Harrison, a logistics expert, stumbled upon a 50-ton tractor that no one knew was missing.

How do you lose a 50-ton U-30 tractor designed to tow huge C-17 cargo planes around airfields?

Better not ask the Air Force.

But feel free to ask Air Force Master Sgt. Ernest Harrison, who stumbled upon the behemoth at an unidentified port in southwest Asia as the U.S. military continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As he explained his find to an Air Force public-affairs officer:

I saw this massive piece of equipment, but had no idea it was an Air Force asset. My predecessor gave me a list of all the assets I needed to track, and this was not one of them. Normally it’s dark when I finish my work, but on this particular day, I finished early and took a couple of pictures of this thing. I wrote down the weight and the tag number and sent it to the Air Forces Central guy in charge of all the vehicles in the region.

Air Force Central Command was pleased to get Harrison’s snapshots: it was on the verge of ordering a new U-30.

No one knows how it fell through a very-wide crack.

“The best part,” Harrison said, “was it started right up.”

Not quite. The best part was that Harrison’s find let the Air Force cancel a $348,571.73 order for a new U-30.

2 comments
afvet
afvet like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why don't you write an original story instead of stealing and twisting the Airman's feel good story? How about we encourage our government/military to improve instead of accepting the status quo. This Airman diserves a medal, not criticism from someone who has never had to explain to his five year old that Daddy is not going to end up like the brave solders with missing legs that he saw at the base hospital during his last check up.  Before you go telling someone's story, why don't you walk a mile in his shoes or better yet, how about YOU actually do the interview and find out the real story for yourself DUMBA$$!

LBCBS
LBCBS like.author.displayName 1 Like

Mark Thompson has official hit the bottom of the barrel. How did a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist become a terrible blogger overnight? Hey Mike, that $348,571.73 saved is your tax money too if bloggers are required to pay taxes. What a dumba$$

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