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Air Force General In Nuclear Missile Command Fired

3:21 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- The Air Force's No. 2 officer for nuclear missiles was fired Friday after "a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment," the Air Force said in a statement.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, deputy commander of the 20th Air Force, was relieved of command after an inspector general's investigation into his behavior on a temporary assignment.

The allegations do not involve his responsibility for nuclear weapons, said Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, the Air Force's top spokesman. They also do not involve sexual misconduct.

Kodlick said the investigation involved "reports of misbehavior," which he did not characterize.

The 20th Air Force is headquartered at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and is responsible for three intercontinental ballistic missile wings.

Its commander, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, said the base "continues to execute its mission of around-the-the-clock nuclear deterrence in a safe, secure and effective manner."

The action comes just two days after the Navy announced that the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was relieved of duty after a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino.

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