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Air Force secretary visiting ND, Wyo., Mont. missile bases following cheating, drug scandals


Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, left, listens as United States Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks to members of the press during a trip to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. In response to the cheating scandal, the Air Force retested every available ICBM launch control officer at the three bases operating Minuteman 3 missiles: Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney) (The Associated Press)

The Air Force's top civilian leader is in North Dakota to finish a tour of the three military bases that house the nation's nuclear arsenal.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming Tuesday and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana Tuesday and Wednesday. She finished the fact-finding tour Wednesday afternoon at Minot Air Force Base.

It's the latest in a string of stops from high-level officials in response to various blunders at the military installations that care for the nation's nuclear arsenal.

The trip is in response to cheating and drug scandals the Air Force announced last week as well as other missteps The Associated Press revealed last year. It's aimed at finding the breadth of problems within the force.

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