General in charge of ICBMs to be fired

Friday - 10/11/2013, 1:50pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say the Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles. And according to an internal email, the firing comes in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior.

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force. It's responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles. That's a total of 450 missiles at three bases around the country.

An email obtained by The Associated Press says the allegations against Carey stem from an inspector general probe of his behavior while on an unspecified "temporary duty assignment." The email says the allegations aren't related to the operational readiness of the ICBM force, or recent failed inspections of ICBM units.

The commander in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons has selected the vice commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, to temporarily replace Carey.

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167-c-21-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"intercontinental ballistic missiles"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports the Air Force general in charge of the service's nuclear missiles is being removed from command. (subs for cut 162 to provide reason for dismissal) (11 Oct 2013)

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166-v-33-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The Air Force is firing the general in charge of its nuclear missile force. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (subs for cut 161 to provide reason for dismissal) (11 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO WX101: This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Michael J. Carey. The Air Force is firing Carey, the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles -- a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. (AP Photo/US Air Force) (21 Jun 2012)

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