Six Airmen stationed at Fairchild Air Force base in Washington allegedly stole 14,000 rounds of ammunition. The stolen ammunition was discovered following an investigation into one of the Airmen who made incendiary comments about violence towards the federal government online.
According to the FBI, Staff Sergeant John Sanger – who goes by “problematicpatriot” on social media – posted, “They defrauded our election system and are still getting away with it. That means this system has run it’s [sic] course. People have to die.” The post was from December of 2020.
Sanger, along with another accused Airman, Staff Sergeant Eric Eagleton, are alleged to have incriminated themselves on tape while unknowingly meeting with an undercover agent from the Office of Special Investigations. The agent was wearing a wire.
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According to the indictment, Eagleton told the undercover agent, “Teaching these f—ing retards how to handle weapons is pointless. They literally can’t remember how to clear it out, what’s the point anyways, send them downrange anyways and let me steal all this ammo.”
The FBI’s affidavit alleges that Eagleton explained to the undercover agent that he, along with the five other indicted Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron frequently steal ammunition from the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance center armory – up to 3,000 rounds of ammunition per day.
The indictment indicated that some of the six arrested Airmen also had other stolen military equipment in their possession, including close quarters red-dot reticle sights and PEQ-15 infrared night optics.
Spokesperson for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, 1st Lt. Michelle H. Chang, said in an email to Military.com, “We are aware of the arrest of the Airmen stationed here at Fairchild Air Force Base. We have been and continue to work closely with federal law enforcement authorities to provide all relevant information to assist in this ongoing investigation.”