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War Graffiti, .50 cal Edition

I’ve talked about the effort by Tooele Army Depot to demil some 7 million rounds of WWII-era .50 cal BMG-– much of it from the nearby Ogaden Arsenal– in the past weeks. Well, the TEAD guys just recently found this message scrawled at the bottom of one of the crates in what looks like black crayon, probably by a patriotic ordnance worker back during the big push on Berlin.

“May the contents of this box blow the shit out of Hitler.” This lot, DM 21170, was made in Iowa at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant (DMOP) which produced nearly four billion . 30 and . 50 caliber bullets from Jan. 1942 through July 1945.

While most of these 80-year-old now-surplus wooden crates are being destroyed, TAD says they will be keeping this gem of war effort salt and putting it in the base museum.

Fans of Old Ammo Crates Cry out in Pain

Utah’s Tooele Army Depot, which inherited hundreds of igloos of WWII-surplus war materiel when Uncle Sam closed the nearby Ogden Arsenal in 1955, had been weeding out some of the really old stuff lately. This included demilling and scrapping over a million rounds of leftover .50 cal BMG rounds a year.

Big oof.

More in my column at Guns.com.

A more defensible location

A second wind turbine towers nearly 300 feet above the nearby Stirling solar array at Tooele Army Depot, Utah, March 22, 2016. The $6.5 million wind turbine project is scheduled to be complete later this year and begin generating power. The 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. (U.S. Army photo by John Prettyman/released)

A second wind turbine towers nearly 300 feet above the nearby Stirling solar array at Tooele Army Depot, Utah, March 22, 2016. The $6.5 million wind turbine project is scheduled to be complete later this year and begin generating power. The 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. (U.S. Army photo by John Prettyman/released)

As a guy who has (and continues to) write post-apocalyptic fiction that may or may not include scattered military units trying to get by when the rest of civilization has get gone’d and maybe left some zombies behind, I find it interesting that DoD is increasingly trying to move bases off the grid.

Such as Tooele Army Depot in Utah. The base, storage site for war reserve and training ammunition scattered around its 23,610 acres and 900 odd igloos, is kinda off the beaten path. Like the perfect place to lay low when crap went pear-shaped.

And it just got better.

They just erected a 200-foot high 2 MW wind turbine, capable of powering 550 homes.

Coupled with a second wind turbine already in use and a 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, which  scheduled to be fully operational in 2017, the base will soon be off grid and producing all of its own energy needs.

Until the turbines or dishes break or wear out, but hey, nothing is perfect.