7/24/2008 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- -- The 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, recently conducted an investigation into a reported violation of procedures for handling classified material at a missile alert facility (MAF) July 12, 2008. The MAF is a secure facility that houses security forces, facility maintainers and chefs sitting above the Launch Control Center (LCC). The investigation concluded that no compromise of the classified material occurred.
A crew reported they fell asleep while watching the components topside at the MAF inside a crew rest area behind closed doors. An investigation revealed the codes had remained secured in containers using locks which combos were known only to the crew during the entirety of the incident. Additionally, access to the MAF was continually controlled by Air Force Security Forces and the codes had been superseded and were unusable. Therefore, the investigation concluded there was no compromise of the codes.
Commanders at Minot are reviewing the case and will make any recommendations on discipline.
There are many levels of safeguards to protect our strategic assets, and we rely heavily upon these processes as well as a heightened culture of scrutiny with regard to unwavering standards, procedures and safeguards.
For more information on the procedural violation contact Air Force Space Command at (719) 554-3731.