US deputy nuclear commander suspended during investigation

By REUTERS
September 29, 2013 04:05

WASHINGTON - The deputy commander of US Strategic Command, which oversees the American military's nuclear arsenal and its space operations, has been suspended during an investigation into issues related to gambling, a US official said on Saturday.

Navy Vice Admiral Tim Giardina was suspended on Sept. 3 over the probe, Strategic Command said, without offering details on the nature of the investigation being carried out by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.A spokesman for the investigative service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One US official familiar with the investigation, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Giardina was being investigated for issues related to gambling but did not offer further details.

Another official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was not any sign of a compromise of classified materials and that the investigation was not looking into matters related to the mission of Strategic Command itself.

Strategic Command oversees everything from America's land-based nuclear missiles to space operations governing military satellites. It is located near Omaha, Nebraska.

The Omaha World-Herald first reported Giardina's suspension.


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