Former Army Range Manager Pleads Guilty For Accepting Bribes

Story from ABC News

A former U.S. Army civilian employee pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to accept tens of thousands of dollars worth of bribes and disclose sensitive Army procurement information.

Franklin Raby, 67, of Greeneville, Tennessee, received items of value from a company hoping to get "sensitive internal U.S. Department of Defense procurement information" while he was working as a civilian range operations manager at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks from March 2015 through May 2018, according to court documents.

The company, REK Associates, allegedly sent Raby high-value items, including a 1969 Ford Galaxie, custom H&H rifle, and $2,300 diamond earrings "meant for the defendant's wife," documents said. In total, the government estimates Raby received between $40,000 and $95,000 worth of items from REK Associates. However, he did not properly fill out financial disclosure forms, including gift and travel reimbursements over a five-year period.

According to court documents, Raby used his "position of influence" to assist REK Associates in receiving a government contract by tailoring the contract's language so that the company had a better chance of getting it, the government said.

Raby would ultimately go on to leave the Army, accepting a position as a program manager with REK Associates in June 2018.

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Pardon the Boom

Valdosta, Georgia Local law enforcement in the Valdosta area have been receiving concerned calls from residents about the ground shaking and photos falling off walls in homes. What may have been mistaken as an earthquake was confirmed by officials at Moody AFB to be scheduled detonations according the following press release:

"The 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Explosives Ordnance Disposal team will clear practice ordnance from target areas at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range from Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m."


Marines Looking To Expand Range Area

Twentynine Palms, California The Department of the Navy (DON) submitted a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the potential expansion of the training ranges at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The EIS also covers the expansion of military airspace in the area. The goal is to establish a large-scale training range to accommodate sustained, combined-arms, live-fire and maneuver training exercises for all elements of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB).

At just over 921 square miles, the Combat Center is the largest training complex in the states. The EIS examined five study areas which potentially could be acquired to accommodate the new training requirements.


Plans Announced For New Air Force EOD Range

Dayton, Ohio The Air Force announced plans to build a new EOD range at Wright-Patterson AFB to support increased training needs associated with IED response training. EOD currently trains in a small wooded area of the base with low amounts of explosives. The new EOD range would have a net explosive weight limit of 5 lbs and include a 6-foot tall concrete barrier with a 500 foot exclusion zone and a surrounding fence for security purposes. The range would also be used for disposal purposes for ordnance or explosive recovered within or near the installation. The 88th Air Base Wing, which operates the base, anticipates that the new EOD range once built would be used three days per week to support as many as eight detonations per day after EOD expands to 17 members from the current 12 person unit.

Prescribed Burn Will Include Air Monitoring for DU

Oahu', Hawaii The Army will be conducting a prescribed control burn on an impact area as part of a 1,200-acre range sweep planned for Schofield Barracks. The clearance is an annual event the installation conducts as part of its range maintenance program. Air monitors will be used to ensure that DU contamination is not dissipated through the air due to DU projectiles being found on the range area in the past.


A Royal Bomb Disposal Event

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth got the opportunity to detonate ordnance during her visit to Royal Air Force (RAF) bombing range Holbeach. The range located in eastern United Kingdom is used by RAF and other NATO aircraft for practice bombing and training.


Navy Plans to Conduct EIS to Expand Range Operations at Dahlgren

Dahlgren, Virginia  The Navy (NSWC Dahlgren) is planning to expand range operations on the Potomac River Test Range Complex and the Explosives Experimental Area to meet mission requirements. The ranges are used for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) purposes that include the firing of munitions into the Potomac River.


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