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Air Force drug probe widened to include cheating

Jan. 15, 2014 - 03:58PM   |  
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WASHINGTON — A defense official says an Air Force drug investigation of officers at six Air Force bases has been widened to include more service members as well as allegations of cheating on certification tests.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the expansion of the probe has not been announced and provided no other details.

Last week, the Pentagon disclosed the original drug probe, which includes officers at two nuclear missile bases and four other bases, but it provided few details beyond saying the officers are suspected of possessing “recreational drugs.”

The matter is being investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The original disclosure of a drug investigation said the officers alleged to be involved were at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.; Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in England; Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and two bases that operate intercontinental ballistic missiles — F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and Malmstrom.

First word of the investigation came last Thursday moments before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appeared at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming to deliver a pep talk to members of the 90th Missile Wing, which operates 150 ICBMs. Hagel did not mention the drug probe but praised the missile force for its dedication and professionalism.

Last week, an Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, said the probe began with an investigation of two officers at Edwards and quickly widened to other bases because of the officers’ contacts with others about drug possession.

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