Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speak about the investigation of nuclear missile launch officers during a press briefing in the Pentagon on Jan. 15. (Scott M. Ash/Air Force)
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MINOT, N.D. — The military says Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is slated to visit the Minot Air Force Base on Wednesday.
James is the service’s top civilian official and has been on the job for about a month.
James says 34 missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and three others have been implicated in a drug probe, the latest missteps by those who maintain and operate the nation’s 450 nuclear missiles.
James has said she will travel to each of the Air Force’s three nuclear missile bases this week on a fact-finding mission to learn more about conditions within the missile launch force and the more senior officers who manage them.