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Originally posted by KyoZero
so let me tell you about the experts here. They are fine military folk who probably do their job amazingly. They make mistakes and so do we.
The signatures involved are vast and many but complacency can and does occur.
Ok without going into any classification here is how it works
We take several empty 'sticks' (non-nuclear missile bodies) and we send them to a building for checks. When that happens signatures take place for reception of the missiles. They do some work to include removing warheads. Then when ready, we schedule a time to send them to a B-52. Signatures take place again to say we sent them and a new set of signatures takes place to say the flightline received them. Now, the loaders put them on the place and the pilots take off with them. At all three steps, loading, checkout, and pre-flight, there is a step called verification.
When complacency sets in, mistakes happen and one of these steps can go by the wayside. The person who said it just 'doesn't happen' is completely wrong. That's the same mentality that many high-level 2W2's have...it just doesn't happen. Well I hate to break it to you, but 2W2's are not infallible.
Now...if hearing this you want to not trust the 2W2's at Minot, I will never argue you because your opinion is just as valid as mine. I just thought I would shed some light on this for everyone.
Awaiting both your replies
Having spent many years as an Air Force Munitions Troop both overseas and CONUS, working both locations with conventional and special weapons, I don't see how this could have happened. Everyone involved, and their chain of command, should be fired, and removed from PRP. There are far too many policies and procedures in place, that should have prevented this from happening." (The reference to the PRP is to the Personnel Reliability Program, a DOD directed program that insures the reliability and dependability of people working on nuclear weapons.)
Let's say you're an electrician, and you install ceiling fans day in and day out. That's all you do. You follow the same steps day in and day out to wire the fans, wire them to the switch, and the other jobs you have to do. You then switch to wiring water heaters. A year or so down the road, a friend asks you to help put in a new ceiling fan, but you haven't been doing it constantly anymore. You're a lot more likely to make a mistake putting the fan in now than you were when you were doing it all the time.