US General Drunk on Trip

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US General Drunk on Trip

This general appears to have maybe one too many. I thought everyone got drunk on airplane trips ?

Sacked US General Michael Carey 'drank on Russia trip'

The general in charge of the US Air Force's long-range nuclear missiles was sacked for conduct "unbecoming of a gentleman" during a business trip to Russia in July, a report says.

The newly-declassified document says Maj-Gen Michael Carey drank too much and met "suspect" foreign women.

He could not recall significant events or was "untruthful", the report says.

Gen Carey's removal came days after the Navy sacked an admiral overseeing nuclear forces over illegal gambling.

The two dismissals follow several other incidents affecting the US military's nuclear establishment.

In August, a nuclear missile unit at Malstrom Air Force base in Montana failed a safety and security inspection, after which a senior security officer was relieved of duty.

In May, it was reported that 17 officers in charge of maintaining nuclear missiles were sidelined over safety violations at Minot Air Force base in North Dakota.


Michael Carey, a two-star general in the 20th Air Force, was responsible for maintaining intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at three bases across the US - a total of 450 missiles.

He is now special assistant to the commander of Air Force Space Command.

No details were given when he was removed in October.

The internal report by the Inspector General of the Air Force is based on interviews with the general and members of the US delegation to a nuclear security training exercise.

"Maj-Gen Carey consumed alcoholic beverages to the extent that it impacted his conduct," the report says. It adds that this included briefings, banquets and other events.

It goes on: "Maj-Gen Carey engaged in inappropriate or improper behaviour when he chose to meet up with and continued to associate with the foreign national women... especially given his own acknowledgement that the women were suspect."

He had met them at a restaurant and danced with one of them a day after, it says.

The investigators interviewed Gen Carey, but he appeared to have forgotten substantial parts of what had happened in Russia.

Their conclusion was that the general "either had a poor recall of significant events, perhaps due to his alcohol consumption, or was untruthful during the interview".

The general had been rude to the Russian hosts and to members of the delegation, they said.

And he had complained that his forces "suffered from low morale".

Gen Carey has made no comments following the release of the report - the result of a Freedom of Information request.

Before being sacked, Gen Carey was in charge of 9,600 people at three operational wings, had served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. and had received 13 major awards.

US Navy Vice-Adm Tim Giardina was removed as second-in-command of US Strategic Command two days before Gen Carey was sacked.

He had overseen the nation's nuclear weapons forces.

He was accused of using counterfeit gambling chips in "a significant monetary amount" at an Iowa casino.


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yeah, we've all been there.

yeah, we've all been there. so have the motherfuckers examining his case, i'm sure.

shit, i endangered my own job this past summer on a teachers' trip to the ukraine (no students were there) when, on the last stop on the last day, i was invited by some random ukrainian guys to drink with them in a bar. they had some hooooot shit, some sort of homemade hooch, and i got drunk as fuck, ended up getting lost trying to find my way back to the bus and passing out in a park. it took them an hour and a half to find me. needless to say, the principal was pissed, and i don't blame him. but, in the words of mike tyson in "the hangover," we all do crazy shit when we're fucked up. my work is top-notch and, as i said, none of our students were within 300 miles of us, just other teachers, so he let it slide. now he jokes about it.

"I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright. . . . Or maybe 'stupid' is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I. . . . And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots."
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