Two-Thirds of Missileers Implicated in Cheating Ring Resuming Duties

Roughly two-thirds of the U.S. missileers implicated in a cheating ring have either resumed their duties or are in the process of being recertified.

A total of 100 launch-control officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., were involved in an Air Force probe at the beginning of the year into cheating on routine exams that tested knowledge of firing procedures for the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. The remaining one-third of implicated missileers are still being investigated, the Great Falls Tribune reported on Friday.

Some cases have been sent to the Office of Special Investigations because they pertain to the mistreatment of classified information or because they were part of a separate, earlier probe into drug possession by some ICBM officers that resulted in the unmasking of the exam-cheating ring.

In response to the test-cheating and drug scandals, as well as a failed safety and security inspection in 2013 at Malmstrom, the Air Force has announced a number of reforms designed to boost the morale and performance of its nuclear weapons personnel.

Those include the decision to seek a boost in the service rank of the head of Global Strike Command, which oversees all strategic bombers and ground-launched strategic missiles, new bonus pay incentives for missileers, and the creation of a new medal honoring exceptional performance by nuclear airmen.

June 2, 2014
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Roughly two-thirds of the U.S. missileers implicated in a cheating ring have either resumed their duties or are in the process of being recertified.

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