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Oct 11, 2013 4:23 PM by MTN News

Air Force fires 2-star general in charge of nuclear ICBMs

Major General Michael Carey, commander of the 20th Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, was relieved of command on Friday.

The 20th Air Force is responsible for three ICBM bases, including Malmstrom Air Force in Great Falls. The other two are F.E. Warren, and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. The three bases are responsible for the maintenance and operation of a total of 450 ICBMs.

In a press release, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, which oversees the 20th Air Force, said that he relieved Carey "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment."

Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey's behavior during a temporary duty assignment.

The press release states that the allegations are not related to operational readiness or the inspection results of any 20th AF unit, nor do they involve sexual misconduct.

Kowalski said, "It's unfortunate that I've had to relieve an officer who's had an otherwise distinctive career spanning 35 years of commendable service."

The AFGSC vice commander, Major General Jack Weinstein, has been named the interim 20th AF commander.

Earlier this week, Vice Admiral Tim Giardina of the U.S. Strategic Command was relieved of command as part of an investigation into alleged gambling issues.

Giardina was the second-highest ranking officer at the U.S. Strategic Command and oversaw the military's nuclear forces, missile defense, and cyber warfare operations.

Photo above: Maj Gen Carey presiding over change of command ceremony at Malmstrom Air Force Base in February 2013.

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