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Thirty-four missile launch officers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., were involved in a cheating incident during a nuclear proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced during a Jan. 15 Pentagon briefing. All the officers involved have had their nuclear certifications stripped, their security clearances suspended, and are now restricted from missile crew duty, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh during the same briefing. The cheating scandal came to light as officials with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations looked into a recent illegal drug case against 11 Air Force officers spanning six bases in the US and England. A missile launch officer at the 341st MW allegedly sent the answers to a nuclear proficiency test via text messages to 16 other missile launch officers last fall, said Welsh. “Some officers [cheated], others apparently knew about it, and ... did nothing or ... not enough to stop it, or to report it,” said James. “This is absolutely unacceptable behavior.” Additionally, the entire ICBM force has until the end of the day today to take another nuclear proficiency test, per US Strategic Command boss Adm. Cecil Haney's orders, said James. There are roughly 190 missile launch officers at Malmstrom, according to Welsh, and as far as he knows, this is the largest known cheating incident in the missile community, he said. (Continue to full report) (James/Welsh transcript)