Joint Chiefs chairman visits embattled nuke base

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he’s convinced missteps involving nuclear weapons at a North Dakota Air Force base will be corrected.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s trip Monday to Minot Air Force Base came just days after the commander in charge of training and proficiency at the base’s 91st Missile Wing was ousted due to “a loss of confidence.”

The base has suffered a rash of nuclear-related blunders for several years. It scored an equivalent of a “D” grade for its mastery of missile launch operations during a test in March.

Dempsey told airmen that he wasn’t interested in talking about “failures of leadership” at the base. The general says he wants “to reinforce the importance of good leadership.”

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