Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Minot Nuke Wing Re-Inspection Due to Recent Failures.

Minot nuclear wing to be reinspected this week
By Michael Hoffman - Staff writer Air Force Times

Posted : Tuesday Aug 12, 2008 16:14:57 EDT
Nuclear inspectors will re-inspect the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., this week after the wing failed its nuclear surety inspection last May due to a litany of security and leadership errors.

Multiple security breakdowns of the base’s nuclear stockpile took place during simulated attacks with inspectors watching, according to a Defense Threat Reduction Agency report obtained by Air Force Times.

Last May’s inspection was the first since 5th Bomb Wing airmen mistakenly loaded six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles onto a B-52 Stratofortress last August and flew them to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where the plane sat on the flight line unattended for hours.

DTRA inspectors gave the wing an “unsatisfactory” after the weeklong inspection concluded May 25, according to the report. Inspectors found one security forces airman playing video games on his cell phone while standing guard at a “restricted area perimeter” and another airman who was unaware of her “duties and responsibilities,” the DTRA report said.

Read the full story at: airforcetimes.com

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