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Nuclear Commander on MAFB "Crisis"

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The general in charge of the nation's nuclear forces told Congress today he is not alarmed by the problems identified with the men and women who monitor nuclear-equipped missiles surrounding Minot Air Force Base.

However, General Robert Kehler says has ordered further review of the problems uncovered in a recent inspection of the Minot base's missile crews.

Those crews got the equivalent of a "D" grade in that inspection and 17 of the officers were decertified to be in charge of missiles.

Kehler said the Air Force is digging into the issue and it has his personal attention.

The commander of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base said yesterday the bad grade for missile launch crews has caused the wing to take a new look at how the men and women with the launch switches for nuclear weapons are trained.

(Col. Robert Vercher, 91st Missile Wing Commander) "We have completely reviewed our training processes and, again, we don't take it as a negative thing, it's telling us, be even more critical right here and focus effort and attention which we absolutely are doing."

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has demanded more information about the situation from the Air Force.

General Kehler has ordered the Strategic Command inspector general to review the results of the inspection of the Minot base's nuclear weapons crews.

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