In the latest scandal to rock the nation's military, more than a dozen airmen are reportedly under investigation in connection with allegations of drug abuse at a nuclear missile facility. Air Force officials are investigating more than a dozen airmen in connection with the allegations of illegal drug activity, some of which include alleged cocaine use.
The fourteen (14) junior enlisted airmen under investigation are all members of the security force at the 90th Missile Wing at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base located in Wyoming, officials said.
Nearly one-third of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles apart of the Minuteman 3 force are operated by the 90th Missile Wing. The 90th Missile Wing provides security for the base, as well as the launch control facilities and underground missile silos in the region.
This most recent scandal comes on the heals of one similar that occurred in 2014 when dozens of nuclear launch officers were disciplined for misconduct that included drug use. The 2014 investigation, which began at the Malmstrom Air Base in Montana, eventually expanded into a broader scandal involving cheating on proficiency exams. Ultimately, seventy-nine (79) officers were disciplined, fifteen (15) of which were involuntarily discharged.
In response to questions about this most recent scandal, General Robin Rand, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, said, "It came to light because one airman who had suspicion of drug activity by another reported that to his chain of command."
The junior airmen currently under investigation have been suspended from their positions while the cases are being investigated.