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Brigade to families: Don’t send porn, Nerf guns to troops

Published: January 29, 2014, 1:15 pm, by Tom Roeder

warhorseLeaders Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team took to Facebook Wednesday with a plea to families to take more care with their care packages.

U.S. Central Command has tight rules on what items soldiers may possess in Kuwait and contraband is seized when it hits Camp Buehring, where the 3,800 soldier brigade is now deployed.

Some banned items make sense: The Army doesn’t want drunken troops in the theater and sending pornography to Muslim countries breaks local laws.

Some parts of the ban, though, may draw a chuckle. Soldiers who are required to carry assault rifles in Kuwait can’t pack a squirt gun — they’re banned.

That doesn’t stop loving family members from loading up on forbidden fruit to send to troops.

“It has recently come to light that some prohibited items have found their way into theater in care packages delivered by mail,” the brigade said on facebook. “We encourage you to continue to support your soldier downrange but would like to remind our Families of some items that are prohibited in theater.”

Here’s what the brigade told families to leave out of the care shipments:

“Items that are NOT okay to send: alcohol beverages of any kind, pornography in any format, bow and arrow-type devices that includes slingshots, knives with a blade length over six inches (such as switch blades, ballistic, gravity, or stilettos), brass knuckles, numchucks, throwing stars, shurikins, throwing spikes, samurai swords, blackjacks, slappers, saps, riot clubs, night sticks, lead or iron pipes, explosives including fireworks, teargas, mace, pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, drugs of any kind, firearms or missile launching devices including air rifles or pistols, spear guns, blowguns, paint-ball guns, Nerf guns, or squirt guns.”