Air Force staff chief resigns

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    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley resigned this morning at a meeting with Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the resignation of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne soon may follow.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2008-06-05-airforce-staff_N.htm

    This one isn't about disagreement with the CinC....
     
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    I read an article about this earlier, and I've got to say, I find it to be downright horse shit.

    I served in the Air Force, and my AFSC was Minuteman ICBM maintenence. People I went to tech school with were stationed at Minot. I was stationed at Malmstrom. The DoD wants to paint a picture of shoddy nuke training, but I have to thoroughly disagree. The nuke surety training I went through was extremely precise and inclusive. There's no way these accidents could have happened becuase of the training regiment.

    You don't so much as sneeze, or you lose your PRP status and you hand out tools in the shop. You will be nowhere near a nuke if you are not on top of your game every single day. You go through SEVERAL different processes before you are even allowed to be in the presence of a nuclear weapon.

    Somewhere along the way, someone fucked up. This bullshit about chiefs resigning, and shoddy training is a cover story. You're not going to piss down my back in this case, and tell me it's raining.

    This shit doesn't fly.
     
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    The Air Force has other problems as well. They do not support nor believe in close air support and tried unsuccessfully to grab all armed Helicopters from the Army in the past. In fact the only reason there are armed helicopters is because in the 50's the Army ignored the Airforce and tested and proved their worth.

    It is time someone beside a fighter Jock runs the show.
     
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    What does that have to do with this story, or nuke surety in general?
     
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    If you don't know, I can't help you.
     
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    That's quite the 5th grade response there, RGS.

    But I served in the AF, and worked in nuke surety, so I'd say that offers me more knowledge of the situation than you.

    Regardless of how the AF handles war missions, they have an exemplory nuke surety training program.

    I waited a year after graduating tech school before I was even allowed to perform my regular job of maintaining nuclear missiles, and so did just about everyone else in my unit. That's because it takes them that long to make sure you're qualified and able to handle nuclear weapons.

    Scapegoating the training program doesn't explain the problem. The problem is corrupt, untrustworthy brass calling the shots.
     
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    Some one besides a senior airman screwed up and allowed nukes to be loaded on and flown to another base without even knowing it. The receiving base screwed up by not checking the payload on arrival.

    Someone else, again I doubt it was a senior airman, allowed nuke triggers to be shipped to a foreign Country we do not even have bases in.

    Ya the program is running hot and true.
     
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    You do realize how many people in the chain of custody have to sign off on the movements of nuclear weapons, right?

    You say someONE, when in all actuality, there would have to be somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen people who's hands those nukes went through.

    One person initially fucking up and pulling the wrong pilon, which in itself is ridiculous considering the dummies are not kept with the live ones, ALMOST makes enough sense to use as cause.

    But every person those nukes had to pass through before they were loaded, flown, and delivered?

    You've got to be kidding me. It just doesn't happen. I'm sitting here trying to tell you from 4 years EXPERIENCE in that very field, in that very branch, that it simply can not happen. The order to move nukes comes from wing commander, or above. And then there's the issue of live nukes not even being allowed to fly over US soil.

    You keep telling yourself the training program is faulty, and ignore the facts all you want.
     
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    And yet the missiles WERE flown across US Soil. The fact the people in your chain did not follow procedure, the fact that someone somewhere authorized the removal and loading of Nuclear weapons. The fact that at the arrival base no one checked the payload and the air crew never verified the payload they were carrying.

    The Training may be sound but a hell of a lot of people fucked up on that one, at TWO bases. And then we go back to NUCLEAR triggers being shipped to a foreign Country we do not even have bases in. Again training might be fine but someone fucked up, all along the chain of custody of those triggers.

    I dealt with non lethal crypto gear with security classifications as high as secret and believe me, at the end of the day I KNEW where all my gear was, EVERY day. I checked it when we arrived to work and I checked it before we secured for the day. And it sure was NOT a nuclear weapon.

    Once one of my troops left the vault open and unattended. We shut down and inventoried EVERY thing. We tore the vault apart looking for a missing test card that I had signed for as unclassified, we spent 3 hours looking for it. I reported it missing through the chain of command as required. The next morning we discovered it was marked wrong and was actually a confidential card. We spent the rest of that day tearing apart the shop , calling out lying units we repaired gear for, reporting through channels the card was missing, etc etc.

    Turned out the card never went anywhere, it magically appeared in a piece of gear I and another GySgt had checked twice each. A certain MSgt had gone in the vault when no one was there and the command is pretty sure he took the clearly marked unclassified card to test our inventory system. But he left for the evening before the shit hit the fan and by the time he came to work the next day his little game was a serious problem. He and another MSgt checked out a piece of equipment the card went to, that I and the other GySgt had already checked each twice. And then they "discovered" the card in the reader.

    Point? We knew with in minutes to do an Inventory and knew within minutes of doing said inventory a card was missing, and even though we believed it was an unclassified card we spent hours looking for it and reported through channels the breach. My test card was not 4 nuclear tipped cruise missiles.

    If someone can remove 4 nukes from storage without authorization, load them on an aircraft, and the loader and crew do not know they are nukes, fly them across the Country, again with out authorization and no one at the arriving base notices 4 NUKES and no one at the secure storage facility the nukes came from doesn't know 4 nukes are missing for a full day, I would say there is a serious problem, at least at that base.

    And if someone can ship nuclear triggers to a foreign Country and no one is the wiser, again, you have a serious problem.
     
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    Well I'm glad you were able to admit that the training program is not at fault, then.

    I'm hard pressed not to believe something is fishy about these 2 stories. I'm at a sheer loss for understanding how that many different people could have made those mistakes. It just doesn't happen. I can't imagine the chances of it even happening like that are any better then a decimal point of a percentage.

    I've always believed those nukes were supposed to be secretly shipped to Barksdale, to be sent to use against Iran in some way. Barksdale is the middle east staging base. Someone blew it and leaked, and the military top brass was left forced to cover their ass. What better way to cover your ass then to blame a bunch of lackies for fucking up. Most people will buy it, of course. You know damn well that if top brass wants to cover their ass on ANYTHING, they blame the little guys. There's also the fact that a handful of servicemembers from Minot AFB strangely died during the weeks leading up to, and after, the B52 incident, some directly employed in the nuclear weapons field.

    I came to that conclusion, because no other possible explanation makes any sense to me. Having personally been involved in the maintenance and movements of nuclear weapons, I simply do not see the possibility of that many different people all fucking up at the same time.

    I'm only speaking about the B52 incident, btw. I admittedly do not know very much about the other story at all. I haven't really read about it.
     

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