A former U.S. nuclear commander will leave the military following a demotion for excessive drinking while on duty in Russia, the Associated Press reports.
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was dismissed in October from his command of the 20th Air Force, which oversees roughly 450 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. An Air Force probe determined he had displayed belligerent behavior and interacted with "suspect" women during a July work trip to Russia.
Carey is now expected to formally retire on June 1 as a brigadier general, one level below his present rank. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James barred Carey from leaving the service as a major general.
The officer has served for the last several months at Air Force Space Command, in a position with no direct command over nuclear arms. Friday would be his final day on the job, Air Force spokesman Maj. Mathew Hasson said.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.