posted on May, 10 2013 @ 04:53 PM
The reason this happened was because Minot AFB recently went through a Conslidated Unit Inspection (CUI) in March. This is the most intense and
rigorous inspecton conducted at missile wings. They conduct written testing which requires at least a 90% to pass, and they conduct evaluations in the
Missile Procedures Trainer (MPT) which is the simulator of a Launch Control Center (LCC). They also look at records and documents and inspect crews
out in the missile field.
The missile crews at Minot had a failure rate of 1/3 for the written testing. I'm not sure how the evals went. With that being said, they still
"Passed" they CUI. They recieved a "Marginal" but it's passing. The leadership then took steps to correct the test failures by increasing
training and testing on the missile crews once the inspectors left. After about a month of increased training and testing, the leadership did not
notice an improvement in the missile crews performance.
Also, a crew member disclosed that he had violated procedures and weapon system safety rules. This is the crewmember who is getting disciplinary
actions. Those 17 who were taken off duty will be retrained and return to pulling alert soon. They just have an attitude problem where they don't see
the point and importance of the nuclear mission and decided to not give thier best effort as expected of officers in the USAF.
This has nothing to do with what happened with the B-52 flying to Barksdale. Just happened to be at the same base. Malmstrom and FE Warren both
recently went through the same inspection and had less than 5 failures on the testing combined. Most crewmembers don't want to be Missileers but that
is what they are assigned to do. It's a tough duty. 24 hours underground with extremely high standards. Couple that with constant testing,
evaluations, inspections, and scrutiny and it wears people down.
Bottom line: They failed some testing and didn't improve enough so leadership decided to try and motviate them.