Fired Air Force Nuclear Brass to Retire At Lower Rank

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Global Security Newswire Staff
April 11, 2014, 7:31 a.m.

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.