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Nuke General Fired For Carousing, Rudeness in Russia.

The Air Force general fired from command of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces had engaged in “inappropriate behavior” while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking, rudeness to his hosts, and associating with “suspect” women, according to an investigation report released Thursday.

The events that led to the dismissal took place while Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was in Russia in July as head of a U.S. government delegation to a nuclear security training exercise. At the time, he was commander of the 20th Air Force, responsible for all 450 of the Air Force’s Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles stationed in five U.S. states.

When Carey was relieved of command in October, the Air Force said he had engaged in unspecified misbehavior while on a business trip, but it did not say the episode was in Russia, nor did it indicate the specific allegations against him.

Carey’s firing was one of several setbacks for the nuclear force this year. The Associated Press has documented serious security lapses and complaints of low morale and “rot” within the force, as well as an independent assessment of “burnout” among a sampling of nuclear missile launch officers and security forces.

After the Russia trip, a member of the delegation lodged a complaint about Carey’s behavior. That person, described as a female staff member in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, asserted to investigators that on the delegation’s first night in Moscow, July 15, Carey was drinking and speaking loudly in a hotel lounge about how he is “saving the world” and that his forces suffer from low morale.

The investigators said Carey, whom they interviewed at length on Sept. 4, seemed to forget substantial portions of what happened in Russia. The report also said that at times he clammed up or gave testimony at odds with others in the delegation.

“Maj. Gen. Carey was generally less credible than the other witnesses,” the report said, adding that at times he was flippant and refused to answer certain questions.

“Gen. Carey either had a poor recall of significant events, perhaps due to his alcohol consumption, or was untruthful during the interview,” the report said.

After interviews with seven delegation members, the investigators concluded that Carey “engaged in inappropriate behavior” that amounted to “conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman,” as defined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

In response to the investigators’ report, Carey received what the Air Force calls a “letter of counseling.” That’s a form of discipline for noncriminal misbehavior.

In response to an AP request, the Air Force said Carey was not commenting on the investigation report.

After he was relieved of duty in October, Carey was reassigned as special assistant to the commander of Air Force Space Command, where he has no responsibility for nuclear weapons. He remains in that post.

The Air Force has commented only once about the Carey case since his firing was announced Oct. 11. In mid-November, the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, told a group of reporters that Carey had stumbled in a way that could not be tolerated, despite Carey’s long career and his record of accomplishment.

Welsh said Carey told him, “I’ve embarrassed myself, my Air Force, I’m sorry.”

Welsh said the Air Force would “add more vigor” to its screening of candidates for senior nuclear command. He said health records, for example, would be examined more carefully and Internet searches would be conducted for potentially damaging personal information.

The Air Force investigation report said Carey was “frequently rude to both his fellow delegates and to his Russian hosts” while attending a two-day nuclear security training exercise at the Abramovo Counterterrorism Training Center in Sergiev Posad.

At a Russian-hosted lunch banquet on the first day of the nuclear security exercise, Carey gave a toast that included unspecified comments about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who was in Russia at the time but had not yet been granted asylum. Moscow refused U.S. requests that he be returned to the U.S. The report said Carey’s remarks were “not well received” by his Russian hosts.

The report also cited Carey for associating with Russian or other non-American women, who may have posed a potential security threat.

“Maj. Gen. Carey engaged in inappropriate or improper behavior 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,” the report said.

A report footnote said Carey told the Air Force investigator that he “had concerns” about the two women he and another member of the U.S. delegation met at the Ritz Carlton hotel on their first night in Moscow, and that upon his return to the United States he gave the women’s business cards to the Air Force Office of Special Investigation.

It said Carey sat with the same two women at a restaurant/bar the second night in Moscow and danced with one of them.

The female delegation member who initially complained about Carey was quoted by the investigator as reporting that Carey had said in front of others that the airmen in 20th Air Force “have the worst morale of any airmen in the Air Force,” and that Carey’s superior officers were not helping him solve that problem.

Asked about this, Carey told the investigator that he did not remember saying his superiors were not supporting him and that he recently had reported to the Air Force’s top officer, Gen. Mark Welsh, that morale in his organization was “solid.”


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Sisters: Capitol Police Wrongfully Shot Woman.

A Connecticut woman who rammed her car into a White House gate last week was not delusional — only frightened and trying to run away from police — when she was fatally shot, her family told the “Today” show Monday.

Miriam Carey, 34, was in the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday, her sisters said.

“My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there,” sister Valerie Carey said.

The family also disputed that Carey, a dental hygienist, was delusional and thought President Barack Obama was trying to communicate with her.

“She didn’t have any disputes or political agenda,” sister Amy Carey Jones told NBC. “She never talked badly about President Obama, she was not walking around delusional, which is what we want the public to understand. She was not delusional.”

Valarie Carey made similar remarks to the Daily News the day after the violence, saying her sister had been treated for post-partum depression but was being taken off her medication.

“But that doesn’t mean she’s crazy or that she deserved to have been killed,” she told the News.

Carey had driven to the nation’s capital with her 1-year-old daughter, and was spotted speeding through the streets. Armed police, with their weapons drawn, ordered her to pull over, but she refused.

At one point she was seen completely stopped and surrounded by officers before she rammed a cruiser blocking her path and sped away.

Police say Carey was suffering “serious degradation in her mental health” and that sparked the incident, the News reported.

But her sisters disagreed.

“What I do see is that perhaps my sister was a little afraid being surrounded by officers with their guns drawn,” Valarie Carey told NBC. “If she was not supposed to be in a restricted area, how was she allowed to drive in that area?”

Amy Carey Jones said the family was “trying to make sense of it. There is an investigation going on, but we have a lot of questions.”

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Cathy Burke

God’s Work Out of the Spotlight.

The locals call it Holy Mountain, or Saint Mother. The world’s most daring climbers call it Utopia. But most of us simply call it Mt. Everest, earth’s grandest peak at 29,028 ft. It remains the most challenging and dangerous ascent in the world. In fact, Everest is littered with the frozen bodies of fallen climbers who’ve never been removed due to the hazardous terrain. For them, climbing it was the ultimate challenge to die for.

But on May 29, 1953, this elusive real estate was finally scaled by Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay.

And for their efforts, Hillary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England, while Norgay was politely thanked.

Often, those who deserve more, get less.

Even in ministry some of God’s choicest servants are easily overlooked. They climb the mountain unnoticed. They top the peak and plant the flag, far from the stage lights and out of sight, without fanfare or reward. Their efforts are Off Broadway—way off.

That’s because God’s work is rarely carried out in the spotlight of a crowded theatre.

It’s always been that way.

In one of the Bible’s most notable scenes, David brought down the famed over-sized Philistine, Goliath. And, as a result, the slim and ruddy shepherd became a national hero. Songs were written about him. The king showered him with gifts. And yet, nothing is known of the fearsome foursome that took on Goliath’s revenge seeking brothers. The names Abishai, Sibbecai, Elhanan, and Jonathan (not the Jonathan you’re thinking of) are all but forgotten. And yet each downed a giant, too.

The process of choosing the twelve disciples was not an easy one. Each selection would play a critical role in the Lord’s ministry, and the formation of the Church. Therefore Jesus prayed all night prior to their announcement. Yet with all that effort, I still find myself wondering why some of the twelve were chosen?

• Thaddaeus—a name meaning “Breast Child,” which was probably a reference to being the runt in his family. With such a stigma he possibly labored under an identity crisis or poor self image. I’d pass. But Jesus found him worthy.

• James the less, as Mark called him. Apart from having an eternally humbling nickname, we know nothing more about him because nothing more is said. Executive Search Committees would quickly disqualify him for the lack of a resume. I’d pass. But Jesus found him worthy.

Simon the Zealot, whose close association with his political party has been forever branded to his name. His radical agenda couldn’t possibly gel with the Savior’s. I’d pass. But Jesus found him worthy.

For whatever reason, Peter, James and John were granted notoriety, while the others slipped into the 2nd or 3rd tier. And yet Jesus saw enough in each to extend His personal invitation to “follow Me.” They were His choices—distinguished or not.

Many of Israel’s Judges were like that. Samson was legendary, both then and now. But Ehud was not. Scripture gives no clues about Ehud’s background, family, intellect, personality or qualifications. We’re only told that he was left-handed. Yet, with a little faith and guts, this unknown southpaw delivered a nation.

Even less is known of Shamgar, Ehud’s successor.

These insignificants may be the world’s definition of nobodies, but not to God. Each scaled their mountain under the watchful eye of the Sovereign One who had called them to climb and even planned their route.

William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions, spent the bulk of his ministry in India, far from the notoriety of those who’d be impressed by his work—translating the Bible into 44 languages. But that wasn’t why Carey had done it. He only sought the approval of One.

On his deathbed, he said, “When I am gone, speak nothing of Dr. Carey. Speak only of Dr. Carey’s Savior.

Now, that’s a mountain we can all die on.

By Ron Walters
Senior Vice President Ministry Relations

© Copyright 2012 by Ron Walters

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