US nuke missile general fired

2013-10-11 22:33
A Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. (File, AFP)

A Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. (File, AFP)

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Washington - The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehaviour, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

Major General Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles - a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said.

The officials disclosed the matter to the AP on condition of anonymity because it had not been publicly announced.

The decision was made by Lt General James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers.

An internal e-mail obtained by the AP on Friday said the allegations against Carey stem from an inspector general probe of his behaviour while on an unspecified "temporary duty assignment." The e-mail said the allegations are not related to the operational readiness of the ICBM force or recent failed inspections of ICBM units.

Kowalski has selected the vice commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Major General Jack Weinstein, to temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force.

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