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Malmstrom Air Force Base

Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Harold and Larry Goode have added some Southern spice to the Billings South Side, and that’s not so bad for business at the Vegas Hotel.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

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Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The "Big Sticks," as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, are just plain old.

July 08, 2014 6:39 am Photos

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Interactive: Nuclear missteps

The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces.

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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

WASHINGTON — The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

June 11, 2014 9:39 am Photos

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Malmstrom Air Force security forces failed nuclear drill

Malmstrom Air Force security forces failed nuclear drill

WASHINGTON — Armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to an internal Air Force review obtained by The A…

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. On Thursday, the AP reported that security forces at a nuclear missile base in Montana failed a drill designed to test their ability to respond effectively to a si…

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Air Force general visits Malmstrom

GREAT FALLS — Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein says a number of changes have already been implemented at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the wake of drug and cheating investigations.

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Russians inspect demolished missile facilities at Malmstrom

HELENA — Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

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Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

WASHINGTON — A retired general chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as "thoroughly professional, disciplined" and performing effectively — an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging thumbs-up.

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Malmstrom names new leadership

GREAT FALLS — Several new commanders are on board at Malmstrom Air Force Base where nine commanders were removed and one was allowed to retire after nearly 100 officers were implicated in an exam-cheating ring that may have stretched over two years.

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Nuke test cheating linked to flawed leadership

Nuke test cheating linked to flawed leadership

WASHINGTON — A basic contradiction lies at the root of an exam-cheating scandal that decimated the ranks of an Air Force nuclear missile group, investigators say: Commanders were demanding perfection in testing and ethics but also tacitly condoned rule-bending or even willfully ignored cheating.

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Resignation letter from Col. Robert Stanley, the senior officer at Malmstrom AFB

Resignation letter from Col. Robert Stanley, the senior officer at Malmstrom AFB

The Air Force on Thursday fired nine mid-level nuclear commanders and announced it would discipline dozens of junior officers at a missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that officials called unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. A …

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Malmstrom commander resigns, 9 other commanders fired over nuclear scandal

Malmstrom commander resigns, 9 other commanders fired over nuclear scandal

WASHINGTON — The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

March 27, 2014 3:09 pm Photos

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Nuke test scores fell flat during alleged cheating

Nuke test scores fell flat during alleged cheating

WASHINGTON — Last summer, when dozens of nuclear missile officers allegedly cheated on exams, test scores were among the lowest of the year, according to Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press. That is the opposite of what might be expected if answers were being shared as widely …

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Missile tests

Missile tests

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, right, and Tech. Sgt. Justin Richie, a 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron team trainer, ride in a work cage inside the T-9 maintenance trainer at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

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Air Force: 92 implicated in nuke cheating scandal

Air Force: 92 implicated in nuke cheating scandal

WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500.

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34 Malmstrom officers removed from launch duty for alleged cheating

34 Malmstrom officers removed from launch duty for alleged cheating

WASHINGTON – In a stunning setback for a nuclear missile force already beset by missteps and leadership lapses, the Air Force disclosed on Wednesday that 34 officers entrusted with the world’s deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating – or tolerating cheatin…

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Montana leaders 'disappointed' in Malmstrom charges

Montana leaders 'disappointed' in Malmstrom charges

HELENA — The members of Montana's congressional delegation say allegations that 34 Malmstrom Air Force Base officers cheated on proficiency tests are disappointing.

January 15, 2014 7:31 pmLoading…

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