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New assignments for six Malmstrom commanders

Apr. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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The officers relieved of command at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., following a cheating scandal are headed to new staff positions.

The Air Force on March 27 said nine officers at Malmstrom had been relieved of command, and the commander of the 341st Missile Wing had resigned, after an investigation that identified about 100 nuclear missile officers involved in a cheating scandal.

According to Global Strike Command, six of the nine officers who have been replaced will move to new jobs with either the 20th Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; or the A10 office at the Pentagon responsible for strategic plans and nuclear deterrence. Air Force Global Strike Command could not provide specifics on their new jobs.

Three officers the standardization and evaluations officer of the 341st Operations Group and the directors of operations for the 10th Missile Squadron and the 341st Operational Support Squadron also were removed from their positions. Malmstrom could not release their names or their replacements because their removal is not yet complete, Malmstrom spokesman Joshua Aycock said.

The six officers who have been reassigned, and their replacements:

■ Col. Mark Schuler, the 341st Operations Group commander, has been replaced by Col. Glenn Hillis II.

■ Lt. Col. Mark Formica has been replaced by Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Johnson as 341st Operations Group deputy commander.

■ Lt. Col. Mike Calvaresi has been replaced by Lt. Col. Kristen Nemish as 10th Missile Squadron commander.

■ Lt. Col. Jeffrey Voetberg has been replaced by Lt. Col. Justin McMillian as 12th Missile Squadron commander.

■ Lt. Col. Joseph Conti has been replaced by Lt. Col. Patrick Baum as 490th Missile Squadron commander .

■ Lt. Col. Edward Mendones has been replaced by Lt. Col. Justin Mulkey as 341st Operations Support Squadron commander.

Col. Robert Stanley, the commander of the wing, who resigned March 27 and then was allowed to retire, was immediately replaced by Col. Tom Wilcox.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told lawmakers Thursday that over the next five weeks the Air Force will review incentives and accolades for the service's nuclear officers as a way to improve morale.

The service also is looking at leadership development and career changes to help their progression.

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