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05-09-13, 09:52 AM #1
17 nuclear launch officers removed from dutyDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanded more information Wednesday after the Air Force removed 17 launch officers from duty at a nuclear missile base in North Dakota over what a commander called “rot” in the force. The Air Force struggled to explain, acknowledging concern about an “attitude problem” but telling Congress the weapons were secure.Hagel reacted strongly after The Associated Press reported the unprecedented sidelining of the officers at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where one of their commanders complained of “such rot” that even the willful violation of safety rules — including a possible compromise of launch codes — was tolerated.
The AP quoted from an internal email written by Lt. Col. Jay Folds, deputy commander of the 91st Operations Group, which is responsible for all Minuteman 3 missile launch crews at Minot. He lamented the remarkably poor reviews they received in a March inspection. Their missile launch skills were rated “marginal,” which the Air Force told the AP was the equivalent of a “D’’ grade.
05-10-13, 08:51 AM #2
Seems the curse of the Air Force has been nuclear security. 2008-nuclear warheads were accidently flown across country, fairly well known incident. Less well known in the same year was the discovery of nuclear warhead fuses sitting in boxes in Guam, not inventoried or secured what so ever.
05-10-13, 09:12 AM #3
I TOLD them not to take down the Obama For President posters. But no, they wouldn't listen; instead put up an NRA poster.
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