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Published January 16, 2014, 05:48 PM

34 Air Force officers caught cheating on missile operations test

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Shocking accusations of drug use and widespread cheating on training tests have surfaced involving air force officers responsible for the launching of U.S. nuclear missiles.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Shocking accusations of drug use and widespread cheating on training tests have surfaced involving air force officers responsible for the launching of U.S. nuclear missiles.

34 officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been removed from duty.

17 are accused of cheating on recertification tests last summer.

They allegedly texted each other answers to a monthly test on the missile operations, the others failed to report it.

Gen. Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff: “Cheating or tolerating others who cheat runs counter to everything we believe in as a service. People at every level will be held accountable if and where appropriate. We've decertified all 34 officers involved. They are restricted from missile crew duty. Their security clearances have been suspended.”

Now all 600 officers in the Air Force’s missile launch program are being retested.

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