No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid probe

ROBERT BURNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander for unspecific reasons, and he is under scrutiny by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday that Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina (gee-ahr-DEEN'-uh) was suspended on Sept. 3. He is still assigned to the command but has been barred from performing duties related to nuclear weapons, according to a Strategic Command spokeswoman.

Capt. Pamela Kunze (KOON'-zee) would not give a reason for the suspension.

Kunze said Strategic Command did not announce the action because Giardina remains under investigation. The suspension was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

The spokeswoman said an unspecified law enforcement agency began an investigation of Giardina on June 16.