The U.S. Strategic Command's No. 2 officer on Wednesday received word of his transfer to another position as the Navy looks into allegations that he used phony chips to gamble at an Iowa casino, the Associated Press reported.
Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina's Oct. 3 removal as STRATCOM deputy commander became final after President Obama signed off on the move, according to two defense insiders. AP last month first reported Giardina's suspension, which took effect on Sept. 3.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is still looking to the gambling claim, which police in Iowa began examining in June.
Gen. Robert Kehler holds the top position at Strategic Command, which is responsible for operating the U.S. nuclear arsenal.