Air Force cheating scandal grows to 92 officers

Air Force cheating scandal grows to 92 officers

Credit: Beau Wade/U.S. Air Force via AP

Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh, right, and Tech. Sgt. Justin Richie, a 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron team trainer, ride in a work cage on Nov. 20, 2012, inside a maintenance trainer at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500.
 
James spoke to reporters Thursday after touring nuclear bases around the country, which The Associated Press has revealed suffers from such low morale and burnout that they have committed serious security lapses other breakdowns.
 
James, who is new to the job, said the nuclear force is beset by "undue stress and fear," and said the nuclear force suffers "systemic problems."
 
The Air Force announced recently that initially 17 officers were believed to have been involved in cheating on a monthly proficiency test to ensure they know how to maintain, and launch, nuclear missiles.

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