Created: 04/25/2015 11:53 AM
By: By ROBERT BURNS
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is charging two nuclear missile launch officers with illegal drug use.
The cases at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana were linked to a separate Air Force investigation of exam cheating by Minuteman 3 nuclear missile officers.
The Air Force announced Friday that a week ago it charged 1st Lt. Michael Alonso and 1st Lt. Lantz Balthazar with a range of drug offenses. Each will be reviewed at what the military calls an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a court martial.
A spokesman at Malmstrom, Josh Aycock, said no hearing dates have been set.
Another Malmstrom missile officer, 2nd Lt. Nicole Dalmazzi, was court-martialed in January on drug charges.
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