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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:43 am

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U.S. Navy investigators have dismissed allegations that pervasive cheating tainted training exams administered to enlisted sailors and officers in the submarine force, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The inspector general for the Atlantic submarine force opened an investigation following a complaint that originated in Groton, Conn., the home port of an attack submarine that was hit by a cheating scandal in 2010.

In a letter sent to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in December, the commander for the Atlantic submarine force said the claims were unsubstantiated. It said previous episodes mentioned in the complaint were investigated and dealt with individually.
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The investigation began with a complaint from a crew member aboard the USS Memphis, a submarine that lost about 10 percent of its crew to disciplinary measures after a cheating ring was discovered in November 2010. The crew member also complained that the punishments were unduly harsh and influenced by abuse of authority, claims that were also investigated and dismissed by the Navy.

The Navy has insisted that the episode reflected a rare lapse in integrity. But some former officers told the AP that it was an extreme example of shortcuts that sailors on other submarines have taken to pass increasingly difficult nuclear training exams that have little bearing on skills sailors need.

The unidentified man who filed the complaint said the punishments were unfair because so many others got away with cheating.

"He equated it to 'doing 60 in a 55 and instead of a speeding ticket we lost our license for life,'" the Navyreport said.
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In the case of the Memphis, sailors were emailed the answers before qualification exams, took tests outside the presence of proctors and openly asked officers for answer keys. The case was among the lapses mentioned by the commander of the Navy's submarine force, Vice Adm. John Richardson, in a blog posting last month stressing the importance of character.

"Invisibility and character have a long relationship, and it hasn't always been a healthy one. Being out of sight can uniquely challenge one's character," he wrote.
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[Former submarine officer Christopher] Brownfield described cheating aboard the USS Hartford submarine in his book. He said he has never been contacted by naval investigators about the cheating allegations, and he questioned the Navy's commitment to investigate.

"They say they're taking it seriously, but they don't contact the person who's making the allegations," said Brownfield, who is now studying alternative energy at Columbia University.
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Re: Cheating in the nuke force

Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:30 pm

Cheating amongst USAF nuke officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.:
The Air Force had launched an investigation to see how wide the cheating scandal might have spread to include the other two Air Force bases where the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile force is located. As recently as last week, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James had said the service had not found evidence that the cheating ring expanded outside the initial 34.

It’s unclear what role in the cheating scandal these additional missile officers may have played. Of the first 34, 17 are accused of directly cheating on the monthly proficiency test given to missile officers. The other 17 knew about the cheating, but failed to report it. One of the missile officers texted the correct answers to the test to the rest of the group.

It’s also unclear from Burns’ report where the additional missileers are stationed. The other nuclear ICBM bases are F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Air Force leaders discovered the cheating ring during an investigation of drug use by two of the missile officers involved in it.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:35 pm

A USAF General was fired because he can't hold his liquor while overseas:
In October, a general who was the commander of the Air Force nuclear missile arsenal was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer. On Thursday, investigators released a report on just how unbecoming Maj. Gen. Michael Carey’s conduct was. More specifically, Carey, during a four-day July trip to Russia to conduct a nuclear security training exercise, “acted in a manner that exceeded the limits of accepted standards of good conduct,” according to the Air Force inspector general’s report.
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The report shows in detail the events of a trip to Russia July 14-18 in which witnesses, whose names were redacted, recalled how Carey began drinking on the commercial flight to Moscow and rarely took a break.

When he arrived at the Marriott Hotel in Moscow, he had drinks with his delegation in the executive lounge, complaining about bad morale in his command and lack of support from leaders, the report states. Carey and an unidentified man walked to the Ritz Carlton Hotel nearby and met "two foreign national women," returning to the Marriott between 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Carey overslept and was 45 minutes late in joining the delegation for its meeting with their Russian hosts. At lunch, he drank more than most and made comments about Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who divulged intelligence secrets and had received asylum in Russia. Carey also talked about Syria, a Russian ally, that has been embroiled in civil war and has used chemical weapons against citizens.

Carey interrupted a monastery tour guide with slurred speech, sulked on a group walk through Red Square and later tried to sing with a band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow. They refused to let him.
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According to the Washington Post, with respect to his female companions for the night, who were vague about whether they were Russian or British, “Carey later acknowledged to investigators that he was suspicious about their overt friendliness toward a visiting U.S. military commander in charge of nuclear secrets.” Despite the possibility that maybe these women just weren’t that in to him for the right reasons, Carey had another late night with the female clerk at the hotel cigar store. Again, looking back on it: “A tobacco store lady talking about physics in the wee hours of the morning doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” Carey told investigators, according to the Post. “You need to watch out for that because that’s just like our training says, you know, people are trolling for information.”
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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by Holman » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:02 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:A USAF General was fired because he can't hold his liquor while overseas
Well, sure. The water is fluoridated.

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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by Unagi » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:11 pm

"Invisibility and character have a long relationship, and it hasn't always been a healthy one. Being out of sight can uniquely challenge one's character,"
Man, that is SO true.
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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by JSHAW » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:47 pm

Having been in the military I can comment on this. For every good thing they do they're able to back it up with a bad thing.

Having read several articles about the US Air Force's nuke force officers in SAC (strategic air command) they have some serious gripes
with how things are being run, the level of commitment being given to their jobs, and what they see as a lack of support from their
chain of command.

Jesus, glad I was never an officer, and never one that's sitting in a nuke silo waiting to punch in the 12345678910 launch
code. That's the job they chose, so they have to ride that horse. :horse:

Does it give them the right to be doing the crap that they're doing? HELL NO!

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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by Moliere » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:06 am

JSHAW wrote:punch in the 12345678910 launchcode.
Snowden strikes again. Is there anything he's not willing to give up?
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Post by stessier » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:08 am

My plant manager is a former missileer. It has been enlightening to hear just how much trouble these guys are in.
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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by JSHAW » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:51 am

Moliere wrote:
JSHAW wrote:punch in the 12345678910 launchcode.
Snowden strikes again. Is there anything he's not willing to give up?
http://gizmodo.com/for-20-years-the-nuc ... 1473483587

SHUT THE DOOR!!!!, BORN IN A BARN???

http://gizmodo.com/air-force-officers-k ... 1450269228

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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:34 am

Swampland has a few sample questions and more info about the world of missile silo operators.
Scoring 100% on these tests has been the only way to earn promotions within the missile force, and possibly escape from it, ex-Air Force missileers say. Most who serve in the underground bunkers overseeing the nation’s fleet of 450 Minuteman III missiles did not volunteer for the assignment, and many want to leave.
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The pressure to cheat can be intense: Some tests were scored to two decimal places—99.44%, for example, like the purported purity of Ivory Soap. “The cheating is pervasive,” says a former Minuteman crew operator who left the service in 2010. “It’s pervasive because the leadership places so much emphasis on rote test scores to advance.” In the wake of the recent scandal at Malmstrom, airmen retook tests under intense scrutiny to ensure there was no cheating; the average test score was 95.5%. “So they’re not cheating to pass —they’re cheating to get 100s because so much emphasis is placed on test scores to advance,” this former missileer says.
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Cheating was encouraged by higher-ups. “The commander would sit down with you and say, `These tests are ridiculous—you can try to do it all by yourself, which is noble, but you’ll but you’ll never be promoted,’” says the missiler who left the service in 2011. “There was times I was saved from failing by cheating. The testing got so ridiculous that it was no longer testing your ability to be a missile operator—it was testing your ability to take tests.”
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Re: Misbehavior in the nuke force

Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:42 pm

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The U.S. Air Force announced Thursday that it has fired nine mid-level officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., assigned to safeguard the nation’s nuclear arsenal following a wide-ranging probe into a test cheating scandal that implicated scores of airmen.

The officers were fired from their nuclear command jobs, but they are expected to continue to serve in other jobs.

Dozens of junior officials will be disciplined as part of the military’s response to a scandal that has raised questions about one of the most sensitive but invisible missions in the military.
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Post by JSHAW » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:23 pm

Another case of shenanigans, nails another USAF Officer.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... irforce.nl

It really boggles my mind when I think about how many hours these officers spent at Officers Training School (OTS),
and countless other job related hours doing the job they do, to piss it all away on garbage like this.

"A graduate of Rutgers University, Gifford came to the 12th Flying Training Wing in June 2012 after graduating from the Marine Corps War College, where he was honored for submitting the best thesis." All that training, classroom work, blown on some emails to the wife of a subordinate officer.

This guy was a vice commander of a Flying Training Wing. This is one of the places that butter-bar 2nd lieutenants go
to receive training to become pilots.

Hope she gave good email. :lol:

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:01 pm

Malmstrom getting back to business.
Of the airmen involved in the cheating investigation at Malmstrom Air Force Base, most of them are now back on the job.

In May, the Tribune reported that two-thirds of the airmen were pulling alert shifts or in the training pipeline to be recertified for alert duty.

This week, Air Force officials said that all of those airmen have since been recertified and retrained and are back on alert.

The remainder of the airmen who were under investigation are undergoing a security clearance review by Department of Defense authorities. Their security clearances were pulled during the investigation.

The Air Force has initiated involuntary discharge procedures against 15 officers, one of whom already has been discharged from the Air Force.
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One hundred officers at Malmstrom were involved in the investigation. Nine were cleared when the findings were announced in March. Some cases were retained by the Office of Special Investigation since they involved the mishandling of classified material or were part of the initial drug investigation that uncovered the cheating.

The investigation report that was released in late March included 98 officers, two were added later, and 79 in that report were subject to disciplinary action through Air Force Global Strike Command. Of those 79, evidence supports that 15 of the officers sent, received and solicited testing material; 13 sent and received the material; four only sent material; nine solicited and received testing material; 30 only received material; three solicited but did not receive material, and five had direct knowledge of cheating and failed to report it, according to the investigation report.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:32 pm

USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)
Male sailors aboard the USS Wyoming secretly recorded their female shipmates showering several times a day for almost a year—sometimes working in teams to prevent detection, says a new Navy Times report out this week.

At least 12 male officers were implicated in the ring, which operated for about 10 months before a electronics technician on another ship heard about the recordings and reported them. Of those 12 men, 10 were ultimately prosecuted and assigned punishments ranging from hard prison time to a pay cut.

The men were apparently able to film the women through a hole in the wall using cell phones and an iPod Touch—both of which are reportedly banned aboard the submarine. And it was a wonder they had any time left over to do their jobs (via the Navy Times):
One sailor admitted that he and a male peer rushed to secretly record each female midshipman while she was in the shower changing room. They filmed every woman each time she took a shower during the three-month patrol, he said — several times a day, according to a new report.
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Post by Rip » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:48 pm

It wasn't twelve male officers. They were Petty Officers.

Big difference.

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military ... /75924474/

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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:06 pm

I am repurposing the thread.

Navy strike group commander fired
The San Diego-based commanding officer of Pacific Fleet's carrier strike group training command has been relieved following allegations that he used his government computer to access pornography.

Rear Adm. Rick Williams was fired by 3rd Fleet boss Vice Adm. Nora Tyson on Friday "based on the initial findings of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of government computer equipment," the Navy said in a release.

During a routine inspection, Williams was found to have looked at pornographic images on his government computer, violating Navy rules, said a Navy source familiar with the incident. The misuse of the computer did not involve any classified material and the investigation is ongoing, the source added.

"They have enough information to say it wasn't just a mistake," the source said. "It was extensive enough that they knew it was not just an error."
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Williams is the first one-star fired since 2013, when Stennis strike group commander Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette was ousted on deployment for misconduct including foul language, flipping off lieutenants, speculation that black admirals were chosen because of their race and sending fellow officers a racially-charged email about a black sailor.
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Post by Blackhawk » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:18 pm

There has to be more than is being said. He royally pissed someone off.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:07 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:I am repurposing the thread.

Navy strike group commander fired
The San Diego-based commanding officer of Pacific Fleet's carrier strike group training command has been relieved following allegations that he used his government computer to access pornography.

Rear Adm. Rick Williams was fired by 3rd Fleet boss Vice Adm. Nora Tyson on Friday "based on the initial findings of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of government computer equipment," the Navy said in a release.

During a routine inspection, Williams was found to have looked at pornographic images on his government computer, violating Navy rules, said a Navy source familiar with the incident. The misuse of the computer did not involve any classified material and the investigation is ongoing, the source added.

"They have enough information to say it wasn't just a mistake," the source said. "It was extensive enough that they knew it was not just an error."
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Williams is the first one-star fired since 2013, when Stennis strike group commander Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette was ousted on deployment for misconduct including foul language, flipping off lieutenants, speculation that black admirals were chosen because of their race and sending fellow officers a racially-charged email about a black sailor.
Wait, this is a different guy? Guess so. Wonder if they're all related.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:22 pm

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For more than two years, the Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.

Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.

Worried that Branch was on the verge of being indicted, Navy leaders suspended his access to classified materials. They did the same to one of his deputies, Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations.

More than 800 days later, neither Branch nor Loveless has been charged. But neither has been cleared, either. Their access to classified information remains blocked.

Although the Navy transferred Loveless to a slightly less sensitive post, it kept Branch in charge of its intelligence division. That has resulted in an awkward arrangement, akin to sending a warship into battle with its skipper stuck onshore.

Branch can’t meet with other senior U.S. intelligence leaders to discuss sensitive operations, or hear updates from his staff about secret missions or projects. It can be a chore just to set foot in colleagues’ offices; in keeping with regulations, they must conduct a sweep beforehand to make sure any classified documents are locked up.
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Post by The Meal » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:29 pm

The Twig Branch situation sounds like something out of a Douglas Adams book.
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Post by Rip » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:32 pm

The Meal wrote:The Twig Branch situation sounds like something out of a Douglas Adams book.

You missed the best part. It is a Loveless Twig Branch situation. :wink:

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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:34 pm

Hopefully he can self-pollinate.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:45 pm

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A 48-year-old U.S. Navy commander named Michael Misiewicz has plead guilty to an array of corruption charges stemming from several expensive kickbacks he received from Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singaporean defense contractor. According to The Washington Post, Glenn Defense repeatedly rewarded Misiewicz for rerouting certain naval aircraft carriers to overseas ports under their control (allowing them to bill the Department of Defense for millions of dollars) and for divulging information about the carriers’ whereabouts, which are considered classified military secrets:
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The contractor also enticed Misiewicz with tickets to attend a 2012 Lady Gaga concert in Thailand with four other (unnamed) Navy sailors. The formal indictment against Misiewicz, filed in the Southern District of California on January 6, even included a chart of the gifts he’d received over the years

The chief executive of Glenn Defense, Leonard Glenn Francis, has previously plead guilty to bribery charges. According to naval investigators, his company has targeted other Navy sailors, including other officers, using similar tactics.
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Post by GreenGoo » Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:14 pm

Were these communications stored on Hillary's server?

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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:48 pm

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The Navy removed its top enlisted adviser from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany on Wednesday after he failed a routine drug test, according to a spokeswoman.

Senior Chief Dwight Newton was removed from his duties by Cmdr. Wade Landis. He has been charged with wrongful use of a controlled substance and making false official statements, the Navy said.

Newton has been reassigned to Submarine Squadron 6 pending disciplinary and administrative review. He had served as chief of boat, the commanding officer's senior enlisted adviser, since October 2013. The chief of boat helps maintain good order and discipline among a submarine's sailors and informs its commanding officer of matters affecting readiness, welfare and morale.
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Post by GreenGoo » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:25 pm

Was it docked in Colorado?

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Post by Rip » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:48 pm

Nothing new about that. Although a COB is pretty high up the food chain for that. We'd have a few of those every year.

That's what happens when you do urine tests on 120 guys dozens of times every year, some fail. Often it is from nothing more than going to a concert and being around the wrong people. Shame.

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Post by Unagi » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:04 pm

GreenGoo wrote:Was it docked in Colorado?
You mean Coloweedo?
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Post by dbt1949 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:12 pm

Well, if he was in charge or morale no wonder he failed.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:12 pm

He forgot to pass.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:13 pm

Unagi wrote:
GreenGoo wrote:Was it docked in Colorado?
You mean Coloweedo?
:ninja: 8-)
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LawBeefaroni wrote:
Unagi wrote:
GreenGoo wrote:Was it docked in Colorado?
You mean Coloweedo?
:ninja: 8-)
Coloradope?
Just what ever makes MHS LOL, right? :twisted: :D

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Unagi wrote:
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Unagi wrote:
GreenGoo wrote:Was it docked in Colorado?
You mean Coloweedo?
:ninja: 8-)
Coloradope?
Just what ever makes MHS LOL, right? :twisted: :D
A good, original joke goes a long way. It's not like she has mountains or good craft beer to enjoy.
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Post by hitbyambulance » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:49 pm

everyone always forgets Washington (state)

(where there are actual submarine docks, even)

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:01 pm

Apparently Wyoming went a different route:
Fourteen members of an Air Force unit responsible for guarding nuclear missiles in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska are under investigation for possible illegal drug activity, including cases involving cocaine use, defense officials said Friday.
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The investigation at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, was announced by Gen. Robin Rand, the four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The command is responsible for the entire fleet of 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles that stand in underground launch silos, one third of them operated by the 90th Missile Wing. The missile force is on alert 24 hours a day, year-round, requiring strict adherence to performance standards by the men and women who operate, maintain and protect them.

Rand, speaking by telephone from his headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, said the 14 airmen under investigation range in rank from Airman 1st Class to Senior Airman and are members of the security group at F.E. Warren that is responsible for securing the missile fields and convoys that move nuclear weapons.
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Post by Brian » Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:29 pm

Air Force unit responsible for guarding nuclear missiles
Yeah, we called 'em "Missile Cops" when we were at Minot. I knew quite a few of them and while I'm not going to apply this to every Missile Cop in the service, every single one that I knew personally was a huge pot head.

Maybe that says more about me and the people that hung out with back then.

But I can see where sitting on your ass in a Peacekeeper in the middle of nowhere for days on end might prompt one to seek unconventional methods for passing the time.
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Post by dbt1949 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:42 pm

I bet 25% of all the guys I knew in the service were potheads. They were the most boring people in the world. All they could talk about was the best stuff they ever got, the worst stuff they ever got or the worst and best prices they ever got. And I think most sentences ended in "man".
The rest of us in the service were drunks. We were MUCH better.
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Post by GreenGoo » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:55 pm

dbt1949 wrote:I bet 25% of all the guys I knew in the service were potheads. They were the most boring people in the world. All they could talk about was the best stuff they ever got, the worst stuff they ever got or the worst and best prices they ever got. And I think most sentences ended in "man".
The rest of us in the service were drunks. We were MUCH better.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:54 pm

LCS Fort Worth skipper fired:
The skipper of the littoral combat ship Fort Worth was fired Monday, more than two months after the ship's propulsion gears were damaged in port amid a high-profile deployment to Singapore.

Cmdr. Michael Atwell was removed Monday after an investigation into the Jan. 12 engineering casualty that has sidelined the forward-deployed ship, according to a Navy release. The breakdown was one of two high-profile mishaps for the embattled ship class within a month and one that has marred the Fort Worth's maiden deployment; Atwell is the first LCS skipper fired since the ships entered the fleet in 2008.

He was fired "due to a due to loss of confidence in Atwell's ability to command," according to a Pacific Fleet statement.

"The loss of confidence followed an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding an engineering casualty that occurred Jan. 12 in Singapore," the release said. "While the investigation is still under review by leadership, sufficient findings of facts emerged during the investigation to warrant the relief of the commanding officer."

The investigation found evidence that operators violated engineering instructions during the testing, but a Pacific Fleet spokesman would not elaborate.

"The casualty appears to have been caused by a failure to follow established procedures during maintenance, but the investigation is still under review," Lt. Clint Ramsden said.
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Navy Times' sister publication Defense News broke the story in January that Fort Worth had been damaged during in-port engineering testing. In February, sources told Defense News that the ship would need six to 12 months in the yards to repair the combining gear that was "wrecked" when the ship's gears were run without lube oil.
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