HELENA — After a cheating scandal that led to the suspension of 34 missile launch officers overseeing nuclear weapons at Malmstrom Air Force Base, the Air Force has begun retesting the remaining crews at Malmstrom and two other bases.
“As of last night and today, about 56 percent of the force had been tested, and there is a 96 percent pass rate,” said Maj. Michelle Laver, public information officer for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
The monthly proficiency tests are being re-administered to missile launch officers at Malmstrom in Montana, Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.
She said the investigation of the cheating is under investigation by the Office of Special Investigations for the Air Force, based in Washington, D.C.
“The command is taking this very seriously and everything is being looked at and procedures are being looked at and reviewed so that this type of event doesn’t occur in the future,” Laver said.
The Air Force said Wednesday that 34 Malmstrom officers are suspected of cheating on their monthly proficiency tests. They are accused of sharing answers with each other.
Laver said the 34 officers identified in the investigation have been suspended, with pay, until the outcome of the investigation is known.