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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 09:08 PM

3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander

Source: AP-Excite

By ROBERT BURNS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty amid a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino, the Navy said.

The move is exceedingly rare and perhaps unprecedented in the history of U.S. Strategic Command, which is responsible for all American nuclear warfighting forces, including nuclear-armed submarines, bombers and land-based missiles.

The Navy's top spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Giardina, who had held the job since December 2011, is being reassigned to the Navy staff pending the outcome of the probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The gambling matter originated as a local law enforcement investigation in Iowa in June.

As a consequence of being removed from his post at Strategic Command, Giardina falls in rank to two-star admiral. He had been suspended by Gen. Robert Kehler, the top commander at Strategic Command, on Sept. 3, although that move was not disclosed publicly until Sept. 28.

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This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. The Navy says a Giardina was notified Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, that he has been relieved of duty as second-in-command at the military organization that oversees all U.S. nuclear forces. Giardina will drop in rank to two-star admiral as a consequence of being removed from his position at U.S. Strategic Command. He is under investigation in a gambling matter. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

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Reply 3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander (Original post)
Omaha Steve Oct 2013 OP
indepat Oct 2013 #1
Bernardo de La Paz Oct 2013 #3
Stargazer09 Oct 2013 #2
jtuck004 Oct 2013 #4
xfundy Oct 2013 #5
Larry Ogg Oct 2013 #6
Sunlei Oct 2013 #7
formercia Oct 2013 #8

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 09:21 PM

1. Cannot conceive anyone wrecking a 30+year career including status as a senior flag-officer over some

bogus gambling chips. It just does not make any sense, Admiral, to be willing to lose so much to gain so little.

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Response to indepat (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 09:51 PM

3. Gambling addictions ruin many lives, more than commonly known. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 09:24 PM

2. I'm willing to bet

That there is much more behind this story than what we are being told.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:32 PM

4. " I'm willing to bet" - Apparently so was he. n/t

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:44 PM

5. Let me guess-- He's a True Christian™!

Therefore, he is innocent!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:08 AM

6. Being that high up - he should know that you don't steal from rich crooks...

It's like a knight that steals the kings loot.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:25 AM

7. used counterfeit chips at a casino!



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 08:55 AM

8. Highly Decorated too

Navy Cross, multiple Legion of Merit, multiple Purple Heart and others. I find the Marksmanship Ribbons interesting. This guy must have been an Operator at one time. It might be a factor in his behavior.

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