Nightly News | October 11, 2013
>>> they are among the most responsible jobs in the u.s. military -- the commanders in charge of this nation's nuclear arsenal . today one was fired for alleged improper conduct. it's the second time it's happened this week. we get the story tonight from our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski .
>> reporter: they are the ultimate weapons of mass destruction . u.s. minute man missiles, each capable of carrying a 500 kiloton warhead. the person responsible was fired today. major general michael kerry , commander of the air force base in wyoming. he commands 450 nuclear tip missiles and their firing crews at three separate bases in the u.s.
>> his role is part of carrying out the order we hope will never come.
>> reporter: defense forces say an air force investigation found during the an official trip last summer kerry engaged in misbehavior that was alcohol-related. the air force stresses the alleged misconduct was not reelated to operational readiness or sexual misconduct . no comment today from general kerry who remains under investigation. in an unrelated tin vice admiral tim giardina was fired from his job for allegedly using counterfeit poker chips in a kas -- casino. there are no second chances. in 2007 after the air force lost track of six nuclear armed missiles flown by accident to louisiana. then defense secretary robert gates fired the air force secretary and chief of staff on the same day.
>> because the offices are dealing with nuclear weapons there is no room for error.
>> reporter: the military must decide whether the two officers should remain in the service while somebody else takes over their nuclear commands. jim miklaszewski , nbc news, the pentagon.