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Military removes nuclear weapons unit commander

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. — The 341st Security Forces Group commander was relieved of command Aug. 22.

341st Missile Wing commander, Col. Robert Stanley, relieved Col. David Lynch from command of the 341st SFG due to a loss of confidence in Lynch’s ability to lead his group.

The SFG has four security forces squadrons and more than 1,200 personnel. It is responsible for providing security and force protection for the 341 MW, including its main base, 15 launch control centers and 150 intercontinental ballistic missile silos across 13,800 square miles in central Montana.

Lynch’s removal is not a result of the recent Nuclear Surety Inspection failure. However, as the 341 MW prepares for a re-inspection, Stanley must have full confidence in the leadership ability of his commanders.

The 341st MW received an “Unsatisfactory” rating during a NSI this month; however the wing continues to remain certified to perform its mission. During a portion of an exercise in one of 13 major graded areas unrelated to the command and control of nuclear weapons, a team did not demonstrate the right procedures. As a result, the inspector general failed them on that exercise, which resulted in the overall “Unsatisfactory” rating.

Col. John Wilcox, Air Force Global Strike Command Security Forces Division director, will serve as the interim commander until a replacement is identified.

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