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To investigators who probed exam cheating at Air Force nuke base, 4 'librarians' were at core

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This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Col. Robert Stanley II. The Air Force is firing nine mid-level commanders and disciplining dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. No Air Force general is being punished, but Stanley, the top commander at the Montana base, which is where the exam cheating was discovered in January, has resigned. (AP Photo/US Air Force) (The Associated Press)

Military investigators are calling them "the librarians" — four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests.

At least 82 missile launch officers face disciplinary action in the scandal, but it is the four "librarians" who allegedly facilitated the cheating, in part by transmitting test answers via text message.

As the investigation continues, the Air Force on Thursday fired nine midlevel commanders at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana and announced it will pursue disciplinary action against the accused 82. A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force.

One official says three of the four junior officers at the crux of the cheating also are accused of illegal drug activity.

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