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Malmstrom reports 'highest possible grade' in nuclear inspection redo

Oct. 25, 2013 - 02:58PM   |  
Staff Sgt. Isaiah Miller operates a lift in a missile tube used for training at Malmstrom Air Force Base in 2010.
Staff Sgt. Isaiah Miller operates a lift in a missile tube used for training at Malmstrom Air Force Base in 2010. (Rion Sanders / Tribune file photo)
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The 341st Missile Wing received a perfect score Thursday on a nuclear inspection redo.

The redo involved the two areas that were rated unsatisfactory during the original Nuclear Surety Inspection in August.

“The inspectors found absolutely no errors and deficiencies throughout the inspection,” said Capt. Chase McFarland, base spokesman. “The wing received the highest possible grade.”

The NSI included 13 inspection areas and in August, the wing received 10 exceptional ratings and one satisfactory in addition to two unsatisfactory ratings tied to the same incident during the exercise, said Col. Robert Stanley, the 341st Missile Wing commander.

“The 341st Missile Wing demands exacting focus, attention to detail, discipline and dedication to the highest principles and standards from every single nuclear airman,” Stanley said. “I am extremely proud of every member of Wing One — we were determined to prove to the world that we truly are the best at what we do day in and day out. We came into this inspection with something to prove, and our people are walking out with a perfect score and their heads held high.”

The inspection is pass/fail, and Air Force regulations require a redo within 90 days of any areas not rated satisfactory. The redo was originally scheduled for earlier this month but was delayed due to the government shutdown.

The inspection occurs every two years for units that handle nuclear weapons. According to Air Force Global Strike Command, which oversees the 341st, the NSI is designed to evaluate safe, secure and effective unit nuclear mission capability.

“Every single one of these nuclear airmen understands the incredible responsibility and standards of perfection that come with the nuclear deterrence mission. They continue to accomplish their mission with great skill, professionalism and dedication,” Stanley said. “These dedicated warriors continuously prove they deserve the utmost respect and confidence in their ability to provide the United States and the world with reliable nuclear deterrence.”

Col. David Lynch, 341st Security Forces Group commander, was relieved from command in August for a loss of confidence, according to base officials. Air Force officials said the removal was not related to the exercise, though he was removed of command the week following the failure.

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