U.S. Air Force Fires Two Star General
Brigadier General Les Kodlick, the Air Force’s chief spokesman, said the ongoing Inspector General’s investigation had been brought about by “reports of personal misbehavior” during a temporary duty assignment, which is the military’s term for business travel. A statement released by the Air Force noted that, "The allegations are not related to operational readiness or the inspection results of any 20th AF unit, nor do they involve sexual misconduct.” Kodlick did not reveal where the personal misbehavior in question may have occurred or what it involved but ensured that it did not involve criminal behavior. Kodlick went on to say that personal behavior is an essential part of nuclear command because, “It is a position of great trust and responsibility and the nuclear deterrence mission is one of great focus and discipline. Personal behavior is vital to that, especially from a commander.” Earlier this year, two of the three missile wings under Carey’s authority received less than satisfactory marks in regular annual inspections.
This week, President Barack Obama relieved the second in command officer at U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the military’s nuclear forces. Vice Admiral James Giardina had been suspended following a criminal investigation into his potential use of counterfeit poker chips at a casino in Iowa. Obama was involved because the president is the only person who can relieve a three and four star officer from his post. Giardina was subsequently reassigned to an undetermined position in the Navy.
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