I was sitting in our MWR, where I spend most of my awake time- the light is better than in our quarters, and it has net connections- as Specialist Black was checking his email. I said something about heading back to Bl@ck Horse, and my gear there, and Black mentioned:
Yeah, I helped move your stuff, Sergeant Moor said people were stealing your ****.
What!? Oh. My. God. For the last month or so, I've been concerned about being seperated from my gear. Our big "black boxes" have probably already been placed on a container boat back to the States. What I've been dreading, is the possibility of some of my gear being sent to one place with all the unit gear, and I- being an Individual Reservist- being sent another place. I do NOT want to end up paying for gear that I've been issued, because my unit chose to send me to a place where I could not take all the gear Uncle Sugar, in his wisdom, chose to load me with.
And now, I hear people are stealing my stuff? Oh, no. I will NOT pay for anything that's been stolen. I will write my congressman and senator, if necessary. I will write the gosh-darned President, if it comes to it, but I refuse to suffer further financially because of the incompetence of my chain of command.
Now, if it's "only" some of my cds or something, I'll deal with it. Perhaps someone was mistaken. But, if my gear has really been swiped, a great many people are probably going to have some bad days. Trust me.