Fired nuke general misbehaved in Russia
Investigators say Maj. Gen. Michael J. Carey, fired in October as commander of the U.S. land-based nuclear missle force, engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while in Russia, including heavy drinking rudeness to his hosts. AP Photo
This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Michael J. Carey. Investigators say the Air Force general, fired in October as commander of the U.S. land-based nuclear missle force, engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while in Russia, including heavy drinking rudeness to his hosts. (AP Photo/US Air Force)
WASHINGTON — The Air Force general who was fired from his post as head of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces engaged in “inappropriate behavior” while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking and associating with “suspect” women, according to an investigation report released Thursday.
Carey’s firing was one of several setbacks for the nuclear force this year. The Associated Press has documented serious security lapses and complaints of low morale and “rot” within the force, leading to the sidelining of 17 officers.
“Maj. Gen. Carey kept late hours and consumed alcohol every day of the trip,” the report said, “even to the point where it was visibly noticeable ... (and) one witness was concerned that Maj. Gen. Carey needed assistance standing.”
It also cited Carey for associating with Russian or other non-American women, who may have posed a possible security threat.
“Maj. Gen. Carey engaged in inappropriate or improper behavior when he chose to meet up with and continued to associate with the foreign national women ... especially given his own acknowledgment that the women were suspect,” the report said.