An Air Force general responsible for nuclear weapons consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, fraternized with "hot women" and behaved poorly to hosts during an official visit to Russia, according to an investigative report released Thursday.
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who led the 20th Air Force responsible for three nuclear wings, “acted in a manner that exceeded the limits of accepted standards of good conduct," an investigation conducted by the Air Force inspector general concluded.
The report details how Carey was drinking heavily during his official four day stay in Moscow and notes how him and a friend spent time with "two foreign national women," only returning to their rooms in the early hours of the morning.
Carey later noted that the women even appeared suspicious.
“It just seemed kind of peculiar that we saw them one night and then saw them again later while we were there," Carey told investigators, according to The Washington Post. “For people who are in business to be kind of conveniently in the same place where we’re at, it seemed odd to me.”
During a tour guide, the general also bragged about how he had "met two hot women the night before" and tried to fist bump the guide, according to the report.
"At one point, he tried to give her a fist bump," the report says, based on a witness's account. "She had no idea what he was trying to do. It was again, very, very embarrassing."
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The 35-year veteran took command of the ICBM force, at 20th Air Force headquarters at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., in June 2012. He reportedly bragged about how he oversaw a nuclear arsenal, saying he "saves the world from war every day."
As punishment, Carey was reassigned to the Air Force's Space Command and received a "letter of counseling," according to The Post.
“This was an unfortunate incident,” Gen. William L. Shelton, the chief of the Air Force’s Space Command, said in a statement, according to The Post. “Major General Carey has otherwise served the nation extremely well.”
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