The Associated Press reported Thursday it had uncovered new details relating to drug use in 2015 and 2016 by airmen guarding US nuclear missiles in a report branded old news by Air Force Global Strike Command, which pointed to courts martial and other actions taken in 2016. AP said in its
story that Air Force records showed the airmen bought, used, and distributed LSD and other drugs as part of a ring at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., and that after investigators moved in, one went to Mexico. The Air Force launched its Force Improvement Program in
2014 after an internal investigation uncovered widespread cheating on a nuclear proficiency exam at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., coinciding with another scandal involving allegations of drug abuse among some missileers. A spokesman for the Global Strike Command said in an emailed statement Thursday that the drug activity in the AP story “is not a new incident.” Sixteen junior airmen “were court-martialed or received other disciplinary action under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice” in 2016, the statement said, adding that all reported drug use is “treated with the utmost seriousness, and offenders are held appropriately accountable." —Steve Hirsch
President Donald Trump Thursday cancelled the planned summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, pointing to North Korean “anger and open hostility” in a letter to Kim released by the White House. Read the full story by Steve Hirsch.
The Civil Air Patrol on Saturday will mark its 70th anniversary as an auxiliary for the US Air Force. The milestone comes three years after the Air Force announced CAP would be included as part of its Total Force, assisting the service with aerial intercept and unmanned aerial vehicle training, disaster relief, aerial reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions. The Civil Air Patrol saves an average of 80 lives per year, but has already saved 115 lives in the first five months of 2018, according to a
press release, which also highlights some of its “major missions carried out in support of the Air Force.”
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