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Minot AFB Crew Commander found Dead + Minot AFB Clandestine Nuke 'Oddities'
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Minot base crew commander found dead
The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Feb 2, 2009 7:02:28 EST
MINOT, N.D. The body of a missile combat crew commander from the Minot Air Force Base was found by police, and the cause of his death is under investigation, the Air Force says.

A statement issued by the base Sunday said the body of Capt. Jonathan Bayless, 28, was found Friday night. Police did not give details but said it was in an area north of the city soccer complex, and they are awaiting autopsy results.

Col. Christopher Ayres, the bases 91st Missile Wing commander, said Bayless was a training chief with the 91st Operations Support Squadron. He had been at the Minot Air Force Base since March 2005.

Bayless went on active duty in May 2003, the statement said. Base officials did not list his hometown but said he had been assigned earlier to Vandenberg Air Force Base for missile combat crew member training.


Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' By Lori Price, Updated: 30 July 2008

The following section was compiled by 'The Pundit.'
Since the Minot story broke a week ago about the missing nukeclandestine operation from Minot, we have the following (for those who are paying attention):

1. All six people listed below are from Minot Airforce base
2. All were directly involved as loaders or as pilots
3. All are now dead
4. All within the last 7 days in 'accidents'


Air Force brigadier general dies of gunshot wound 28 Jul 2008 An Air Force brigadier general died of a gunshot wound that likely was self-inflicted, a spokesman said Monday. Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley, the commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, suffered a gunshot wound to his chest late Sunday night and was pronounced dead within a half hour, said Col. Richard Walberg, who assumed command at Elmendorf after Tinsley's death. "To the best information, it's possible it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Walberg said at a news conference. The weapon was likely a handgun. His previous 22-month assignment was executive officer to the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Mosely, who in June resigned under pressure in an agency shake-up. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ousted both Mosely, the Air Force military chief, and Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne, the agency's civilian head, holding them accountable for failing to fully correct an erosion of nuclear-related performance standards. One concern was a cross-country flight in August 2007 of a B-52 carrying armed nuclear weapons.

US missile alert crew falls asleep on the job 25 Jul 2008 It was 9.30 in the evening. The crew of three air force members decided to rest a little and within 15 minutes they were fast asleep. They awoke several hours later. The only problem was that the room in which they were snoozing was the missile alert facility at Minot air force base in North Dakota. Directly beneath them was the underground control centre containing the keys that can launch ballistic missiles, and in their care were metal boxes containing the secret codes that allow the nuclear button to be pressed. The incident is the latest in a series of foul-ups and poor ratings for the Minot air force base. Last summer a B-52 bomber was loaded with six air-launched nuclear missiles and flown, unbeknownst to its pilots or crew, across America.

Air Force says officers fell asleep with nuke code --July 12 incident was at Minot AFB, location of other incidents 24 Jul 2008 Three Air Force officers fell asleep while in control of an electronic component that contained old launch codes for nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, a violation of procedure, Air Force officials said Thursday. It is the fourth incident in the past year involving problems with secure handling of components of America's nuclear weapons. The incident occurred July 12, during the changing out of components used to facilitate secure communications between an underground missile-control facility and missile silos near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, according to Col. Dewey Ford, a spokesman for the Air Force Space Command in Colorado.

Air Force declares lost B-52 crew dead 24 Jul 2008 In a solemn statement early Wednesday, 2nd Bomb Wing Commander Col. Robert Wheeler bore bitter news of tragedy to Barksdale Air Force Base and the surrounding community. The Air Force and Coast Guard have given up hope any of the six crew members of a Barksdale B-52 that crashed Sunday north of Guam are alive. Five of the lost airmen were assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing. The only other base in the world at which B-52s are permanently assigned is Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Its 5th Wing has been peppered for years with 2nd Bomb Wing personnel, and vice-versa, and it has not been unusual over the years for a commander or a vice commander to move from the 5th Wing to the 2nd Bomb Wing.

Air Force Finds Lax Nuclear Security 02 Jul 2008 Most overseas storage sites for U.S. nuclear weapons, particularly in Europe, need substantial improvements in physical security measures and the personnel who guard the weapons, according to a newly available Air Force report. The Blue Ribbon review of nuclear security was conducted after it was discovered that a B-52 bomber had flown across the United States, from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, with neither the pilots nor ground crews aware that six cruise missiles under one wing held real nuclear warheads.

On edit...The new information was posted by Unhappycamper on the Veterans Forum but I thought it would get more attention here.

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  -Minot AFB Crew Commander found Dead + Minot AFB Clandestine Nuke 'Oddities' mod mom  Feb-02-09 06:57 AM   #0 
  - K&R  pleah   Feb-02-09 07:01 AM   #1 
  - Any "Coincidence Theorists" on this board anymore?. . . . n/t  annabanana   Feb-02-09 07:02 AM   #2 
  - Is it a coincidence that War w Iran was brought up recently by Israeli Ambassador?  mod mom   Feb-02-09 07:13 AM   #5 
  - That's very, very strange.  Vinca   Feb-02-09 07:10 AM   #3 
  - I hope it leaks enough radiation to be detectable...  nebenaube   Feb-02-09 07:13 AM   #4 
  - Death by suicide: "The weapon was likely a handgun"  IDemo   Feb-02-09 07:16 AM   #6 
  - Another Coincidence?  pmorlan1   Feb-02-09 07:32 AM   #7 
  - Unhappycamper's post in the Veterans forum  bananas   Feb-02-09 07:40 AM   #8 
  - "Move along. There's nothing to see here." - Republicon corporate media Brown Nosers  SpiralHawk   Feb-02-09 08:15 AM   #9 
  - This is bad kimchee.  sarge43   Feb-02-09 08:18 AM   #10 
  - K&R 'cause I just bought Alcoa stock.  DCKit   Feb-02-09 09:07 AM   #11 
  - I missed the de-bunking-googled it and got another incident unrelated about a toxic  mod mom   Feb-02-09 10:02 AM   #12 
     - The deaths ONLY. Five nukes, six nukes, no nukes, never happened, one missing nuke.....  DCKit   Feb-02-09 11:48 AM   #19 
  - I'm very skeptical of anything originating at legitgov  dgibby   Feb-02-09 10:06 AM   #13 
  - Are you skeptical about connecting the deaths or in the actual transfer of nukes  mod mom   Feb-02-09 10:09 AM   #14 
  - I'm not skeptical about the transfer of nukes.  dgibby   Feb-02-09 11:46 AM   #18 
  - If Two Different Sources Present "Facts" That Contradict Each Other,  tucsonlib   Feb-02-09 06:42 PM   #31 
  - Dave Lindorff has written alot about this  Juche   Feb-02-09 10:24 AM   #15 
  - Prediction: An act of nuclear "terrorism" will occur.  arcadian   Feb-02-09 10:28 AM   #16 
  - I hope the Joint Chiefs haven't been listening to Tommy Franks with a glint in their eyes.  MilesColtrane   Feb-02-09 03:05 PM   #24 
  - THIS IS ALL A LIE.  TheWraith   Feb-02-09 11:41 AM   #17 
  - You and your damned inconvenient facts...nt  SidDithers   Feb-02-09 11:51 AM   #20 
     - Too bad his facts are wrong  Juche   Feb-02-09 12:18 PM   #21 
        - You'd be more credible if you weren't citing a conspiracy theorist site...  TheWraith   Feb-02-09 02:52 PM   #23 
        - You might be more credible if your facts hadn't been disproven with 10 seconds of googling  Juche   Feb-02-09 04:06 PM   #25 
        - LOL! n/t  Bryan Sacks   Feb-02-09 07:18 PM   #34 
        - Claiming something doesn't make it so.  TheWraith   Feb-03-09 02:04 PM   #40 
        - Never mind the fallacy there: Dave Lindorff's site is a 'conspiracy theorist site'?  Bryan Sacks   Feb-02-09 07:23 PM   #36 
        - I went to the thiscantbehappening site and read the article. What is with people who  bertman   Feb-02-09 07:31 PM   #38 
  - Reminds me of a local case a few years ago  nichomachus   Feb-02-09 01:25 PM   #22 
  - This sounds very suspicious  whistle   Feb-02-09 04:37 PM   #26 
  - A Statistical Improbability  Ichingcarpenter   Feb-02-09 04:43 PM   #28 
  - If this doesn't lead the corporate media network news, they should just give up their  Uncle Joe   Feb-02-09 04:41 PM   #27 
  - ***LINK*** to unhappycamper's original thread ...  ColbertWatcher   Feb-02-09 04:44 PM   #29 
  - What a deeply disturbing concatenation of improbable coincidences.  eppur_se_muova   Feb-02-09 05:40 PM   #30 
  - O M G!!  OwnedByFerrets   Feb-02-09 06:46 PM   #32 
  - I don't get it.  Seen the light   Feb-02-09 06:50 PM   #33 
  - There is no way the weapons would have moved without a top-level directive  Ichingcarpenter   Feb-02-09 07:23 PM   #37 
     - They weren't supposed to be moved.  TheWraith   Feb-03-09 02:09 PM   #41 
  - Have you ever spent a winter in Minot?  MajorChode   Feb-02-09 07:22 PM   #35 
  - K&R  CLG_News   Feb-02-09 11:30 PM   #39 

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