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Air Force cheating called "largest breach of integrity in the nuclear force"
This morning dozens of officers trusted with world's deadliest weapons are accused in a coverup that's rocking the
They're accused of cheating on a monthly re-certification test.
They are responsible for the world's most dangerous weapons The US Air Force Nuclear Command, now rocked by a cheating scandal.
Nearly three dozen officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana caught sharing answers for a monthly re-certification test.
Possibly the largest breach of integrity in the nuclear force.
"This is absolutely unacceptable behavior and it is completely contrary to our core values in the Air Force."
34 officers have been charged removed from their posts, their clearances suspended.
Military officials say some of them texted answers back-and-forth. Others knew about the cheating, but did nothing to stop it.
"Regardless of an Airman's level of participation, cheating or tolerating others who cheat runs counter to everything we believe in as a service."
Now all 600 officers in the nation's missile launch program are being retested.
"There is no room for mistakes with nuclear weapons."
The cheating was uncovered during a separate drug investigation. It's just the latest in a string of embarrassing controversies.
A top commander was fired last October -- after allegedly being drunk at a conference in Moscow.
Four officers were also disciplined last year for falling asleep on the job. despite the troubling pattern, the Air Force maintains confidence in it's nuclear force.
"i want you to know that this was a failure of some of our Airmen. It was not a failure of the nuclear mission."
All of the nation's missile crew members are expected to retake the proficiency test by the end of today. And top Air Force officials -- eager to show they are taking action -- will be paying a personal visit to missile launch sites next week.