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Intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, stand near the main entrance to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. Courtesy

CHEYENNE – Two Air Force airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base consumed alcohol while off duty at a missile alert facility May 14, according to a base spokesman.

Air Force security forces found alcoholic beverages belonging to a staff sergeant and senior airman maintainer from the 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron at an F.E. Warren missile alert facility, Joseph Coslett from the 90th Missile Wing said via email.

An investigation, which included admission by the airmen, revealed they consumed the alcohol while in an off-duty status and were not in contact with, nor had any access to, weapons or classified material.

According to Coslett, Air Force Global Strike Command Instruction 13-5301 states, “Possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages is prohibited within the confines of any missile alert facility … while en-route to or from duty in the missile complex.”

The airmen are part of a group responsible for maintaining the Minuteman III missiles operated by F.E. Warren Air Force Base as part of the nation’s ground-based nuclear weapons deterrent.

Coslett’s statement concluded, “This is an unacceptable breach of standards, and the Air Force held the airmen accountable for their actions. For privacy reasons, we cannot discuss specific administrative punishments.”

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