MIA weapon and grenades at Minot AFB

A box with 32 grenades used in the Mk 19 grenade launcher were lost off the back of an Air Force vehicle in North Dakota earlier this month. (photo courtesy Department of Defense)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) - A security group commander at Minot Air Force Base has been removed from his post after grenades and a machine gun were lost in separate incidents.

Col. Jason Beers of the 91st Security Forces Group was removed from command on Wednesday. Col. Colin Connor, commander of the 91st Missile Wing at the nuclear missile-equipped base, cited loss of trust and confidence.

An M240 machine gun was discovered missing May 16 during a routine weapons inventory at the base earlier this month. The base also lost a container with 32 40mm grenades for the Mk 19 grenade launcher May 1 when it fell off a vehicle in transit. Searches did not find the ammunition.

The base is inventorying all its weapons due to the loss of the gun.