Blog comment of the day: PGMAN25 on more of the ‘safety’ weirdness at Bagram
From a comment posted yesterday by PGMAN25, who says he recently returned from Bagram: — I would like to add some other jackassery I saw while I was there. While at the DFAC, I saw a group of Army Rangers in PT gear walk in with their M9 pistols with inserted magazines in hand. ...
I would like to add some other jackassery I saw while I was there. While at the DFAC, I saw a group of Army Rangers in PT gear walk in with their M9 pistols with inserted magazines in hand. They did not have holsters. They proceeded to flag each other and everyone else while they got ketchup and drinks. One of them placed the pistol between his legs while he opened the cooler.
I spoke to them (where I discovered they were Rangers) and asked why they didn’t have holsters. They had their hands full eating and the pistols were on the table pointing at each other. An Afghan DFAC employee was standing just behind one of the soldiers.
I was told that they were rotating through Bagram and their individual weapons had already been turned in. They were given pistols so they could comply with the order of always being armed. I mentioned how unsafe their weapons handling was and was told not to worry since they weren’t given any ammunition."
Check out I love Bagram for a responsible opposing viewpoint: "2569. When the 11Bravo’s come to BAF and they bitch at us or call us pogs. And ask how do we live with ourselfs. I reply 1 hot shower a day."
Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1
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