Saturday, October 12, 2013

Second U.S. nuke commander in a week is fired

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey has been removed from his job "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgement, the Air Force Global Strike Command announced Friday via Air Force spokesman, Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick.

     Kodlick appeared to be playing the Pentagon version of 20 questions when he said that Carey has been under investigation for alleged “personal misbehavior,” but wouldn't spell out what prompted his firing.
     After reporters prodded him, Kodlick said the case didn't involve gambling, criminal activity, sexual misconduct or drugs. When he was then asked if hooch played a role in Carey's firing, he refused to comment.
     From Air Force Times:
     Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Global Strike Command, decided to fire Carey following an inspector general’s investigation into Carey’s “personal misbehavior” during a temporary duty assignment this summer...Kowalski received “reports” of personal misbehavior from other service members who were traveling with Carey on the TDY trip...
     In addition to commanding 20th Air Force, Carey also served as commander of Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. He oversaw three operational wings of more than 9,600 people with control over 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
     Earlier this week, Vice-Adm Tim Giardina, second-in-command of the US Strategic Command, was fired by President Obama and is under investigation for illegal gambling activities after being accused of using counterfeit gambling chips in "a significant monetary amount."

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