Air Force Expands Drug Use Investigation

Two officers have had their security clearance revoked.

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Jordain Carney
Jan. 13, 2014, 3:23 a.m.

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.”

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