Six officers with the U.S. Air Force responsible for various duties at a nuclear missile base in North Dakota have been relieved of their duties. The Air Force cited issues with a loss of confidence among the service members.
Two commanders and four subordinates were relieved of command at Minot Air Force Base, including 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander Major Jonathan Welch and 5th Mission Support Group commander Colonel Gregory Mayer, according to an official with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The official did not identify the four subordinates in order to "protect the privacy of the individuals." The statement said "further details will not be released."
Minot Air Force Base is responsible for B-52H Stratofortress nuclear-capable bombers, and Minuteman III nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Major General Andrew Gebara, commander of the 8th Air Force - which is subordinate to Air Force Global Strike Command and which oversees Minot and several other installations - said in a news release: "These personnel actions were necessary to maintain the very high standards we demand of those units entrusted with supporting our Nation's nuclear mission."
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