General in Charge of ICBMs to be Fired

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say the Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles. And according to an internal email, the firing comes in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force. It's responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles. That's a total of 450 missiles at three bases around the country.

An email obtained by The Associated Press says the allegations against Carey stem from an inspector general probe of his behavior while on an unspecified "temporary duty assignment." The email says the allegations aren't related to the operational readiness of the ICBM force, or recent failed inspections of ICBM units.

The commander in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons has selected the vice commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, to temporarily replace Carey.

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