Nuke launch officers tied to drug probe

An image provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched during an operational test Wednesday May 22, 2013, from Launch Facility-4 on Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The U.S. Air Force launched this unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, a month after the test flight was postponed because of tensions with North Korea. (AP Photo/ Vandenberg Air Force Base)F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the men and women who operate and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles. But his attempt to cheer the troops was tempered by news that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation.

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