Two Air Force nuclear commanders have been fired, with a third facing disciplinary measures, after the service cited a “loss of confidence” in their ability to lead their units, once again drawing attention to troubles within the US nuclear corps.
Colonel Carl Jones was the most senior officer who was sacked “for loss of trust and confidence in his leadership abilities,” the Associated Press reported.
Jones was in charge of 150 of the Air Force’s 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles at the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.
The second commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Keith Brown, was also relieved of command for the same reason.
According to Air Force officials, Brown was also “engaged in unlawful discrimination or harassment” of his staff.
There was also a third commander, Colonel Michael Pagliuco, who was not dismissed but received some disciplinary action.
Pagliuco is in charge of the three missile squadrons at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, which is also responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 missiles.
The US Air Force has been rocked by a series of scandals in the past two years. Last year, a high-ranking military commander responsible for America’s nuclear arsenal was fired for illegal gambling activities.