Former U.S. Deputy Nuclear Commander
Reprimanded In Gambling Probe
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[May 06, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.
admiral who was fired last year as deputy commander of U.S. Strategic
Command, which oversees the military's nuclear arsenal, has been
reprimanded and required to forfeit $4,000 in pay after a gambling
probe, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Rear Admiral Timothy Giardina was found guilty of two counts under
the Uniform Code of Military of Justice.
"The first count involved Giardina lying to an investigator," the
Navy said in a statement. "The second related to circumstances
surrounding Giardina's failure to turn in and subsequent use of
gambling chips he claims to have found at a casino."
Giardina is believed to have used at least $1,500 in fake gambling
chips while playing poker at a casino in Iowa, the Omaha
World-Herald reported last year, quoting a local prosecutor.
He was relieved from his post last October as deputy commander of
U.S. Strategic Command during the investigation into gambling
issues. He dropped in rank to a two-star from three-star admiral
because of the loss of his command and reassigned to the office of
the Navy Staff.
Strategic Command oversees everything from America's land-based
nuclear missiles to space operations governing military satellites.
It is located near Omaha, Nebraska.
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Two days after Giardina's dismissal last year, Air Force Major
General Michael Carey, who oversaw the U.S. arsenal of
intercontinental missiles, was fired for personal misbehavior, which
an inspector general report said involved allegations of drinking
and carousing with women while he led a government delegation to
Russia for talks on nuclear security.
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Additional reporting by David Alexander;
Editing by Eric Walsh)
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