An Air Force investigation into alleged illegal drug use has expanded to 10 officers across six military bases, officials said.
Nine lieutenants and one captain are under investigation, an Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, told the Associated Press. Two officers at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, which is one of the three bases that oversees the United States’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, have had their security clearance suspended in connection with the investigation.
News of the probe broke last week as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming to speak with members of the nuclear missile force. It was the first time a Defense secretary has visited an intercontinental ballistic missile base since 2008. His trip was part of an effort to boost morale, and he acknowledged last week that ICBM workers “feel unappreciated many times.”