Federal prosecutors, and everyone else who witnessed the event, tell us that on July 10, 2023, a retired Army Sergeant stole a Humvee and proceeded to crash it into the front doors of the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters building on Fort Stewart, Georgia.

It is still Fort Stewart, right? They haven’t changed the name of that base yet, have they? It’s getting hard to keep track of these things.

At any rate, this old soldier wonders how he could get a vehicle past the emplaced barriers and physically into the building. I’ll leave you all to ponder, “What if?”

3rd ID HQ
Never mind the bollards; here comes the Humvee! Image courtesy of Twitter.

Ok, Ok…I’ll play the “What if?” game as well.

What if our retired Staff Sergeant, obviously gone a bit mad, had decided to stuff the Hummer full of high explosives and turn it into a VBIED (vehicle-born improvised explosive device)?  My guess is that it would have done grave bodily harm to more than a few folks, and we’d all be talking about 7/10 for a long time to come. As it is, the story barely made a dent in the local news.

As it turns out, stealing Humvees from military bases is kind of a fairly common occurrence. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

On July 4th, 2023, just a handful of days before the incident in this story, another Humvee was stolen and taken for a joyride. This one was taken from the National Guard Armory in Santa Rosa, California, and driven all around Sonoma County. The thief smashed right through the gates of the armory, just like in a movie. Almost a year earlier, a Humvee belonging to Naval Special Warfare Command was stolen from Naval Base Coronado.  They found that one parked behind a Home Depot near Imperial Beach.

Drawing of a moving Humvee
SOFREP’s idea of what a Humvee being stolen and then driven at a high rate of speed might look like. AI-generated original art.

Back to Fort Stewart

Sorry, I got sidetracked for a second. Back to our guy at Fort Stewart. His name is Treamon Dominic Lacy. He’s 39 years old and is from Dublin, Georgia, and you can read his federal indictment here.

Mr. Lacy is being charged with Damage to Government Property and Theft of Government Money. If found guilty of these charges, Mr. Lacy is looking at a prison term of up to twenty years in addition to substantial financial penalties.

The government asks us to remind you that:

Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

News From His First Hearing

Some unsolicited advice for my brothers from the 3rd ID. Tighten up your security a bit. At the very least, this has to be an embarrassment, and the worst part is that it could have been a tragedy.