US No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - The military command in charge of all US nuclear war-fighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander for unspecific reasons, and he is under scrutiny by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The US Strategic Command said on Saturday that Navy Vice-Admiral Tim Giardina was suspended on Sept 3. He is still assigned to the command but has been barred from performing duties related to nuclear weapons, according to a Strategic Command spokeswoman.
Captain Pamela Kunze would not give a reason for the suspension.
Cpt Kunze said Strategic Command did not announce the action because Vice-Admiral Giardina remains under investigation. The suspension was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.