Air Force Drug Probe Widened to Include Cheating

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says 34 missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and three others have been implicated in a drug probe, the latest missteps by those who maintain and operate the nation's 450 nuclear missiles.

In all, the drug scandal encompasses 11 Air Force officers across six bases. Of the three missile launch officers involved in the drug scandal, two are at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and one is at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

James said those involved in the cheating scandal have lost their certification and nearly 200 missile crew members will retake the test.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A defense official says an Air Force drug investigation of officers at six Air Force bases has been widened to include more service members as well as allegations of cheating on certification tests.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the expansion of the probe has not been announced and provided no other details.

Last week the Pentagon disclosed the original drug probe, which includes officers at two nuclear missile bases and four other bases, but it provided few details beyond saying the officers are suspected of possessing "recreational drugs."

The matter is being probed by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.


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