January 23, 2014 11:16 AM EST

The Air Force stripped 34 Montana-based airmen of their assignments as nuclear launch control officers for allegedly cheating on a routine proficiency test or ignoring that others cheated. The action, announced Jan. 15, follows reports of poor morale in the missile ranks, a drug investigation into some manning the launch tubes and the firing of their two-star commander last fall after he engaged in drunken antics on an official visit to Moscow.

–MARK THOMPSON

This appears in the February 03, 2014 issue of TIME.

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