June 11th, 2013
08:58 PM ET

Army missile defense commander suspended

By CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy

The commander of an Alaskan missile defense unit whose mission includes tracking and possibly shooting down any weapons launched by North Korea towards the United States, has been suspended, the Army said.

Lt. Col. Joseph Miley, commander of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion at Fort Greely, Alaska, has been under investigation since January, the Army said in a news release.

The Army has not said what the nature of the investigation is, but numerous press reports indicate the Army is looking into whether Miley turned a blind eye towards sexual misbehavior on the remote base in the heart of Alaska.

Miley has been replaced by his executive officer pending the outcome of the investigation, the Army said.

The battalion will continue to execute its mission in Miley's absence.

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  1. In home personal training

    What a weak man! We need better leaders!

    April 1, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
  2. denverboy1

    A blind eye...In Alaska...Where is Mrs. Palin she can lock and load and set that Military boy to rights..or send him to Russia she can see it from her front window...Alaska...is ANYONE surpised..Common

    June 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  3. Portland tony

    Until women are considered equals within the ranks, this type of behavior will continue indefinitely. A top fighter pilot or up and coming junior officer will always be treated with favored bias over an enlisted flight line grunt be they male or female.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  4. USMC1369

    I wonder if this Lt. Col. Joseph Miley can shed any light on the downing of the KAL-007 flight back on Sept. 1, 1983 by the Russians over Sakhalin Island. I suppose not! Since that time, nobody has ever given us the facts of that incident like what was that plane doing over Sakhalin in the first place. This, we'll probably never know!

    June 12, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Travis

      Like you USMC1369, I remember that incident back in 1983 when the Reagan Administration raised a big stink over the shooting down of the plane by the Russians. I know that the pilot who did it suffered a great deal over what he did later on. On the other hand, how much suffering did those two American pilots do after they bombed the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad on Feb.13, 1991, butchering more than 414 civilians? Probably none at all, but congratulated themselves by getting drunk over it, considering themselves to be the "great heroes" that they're not!

      June 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      Why would he? He was most likely still in high school when the airliner was shot down.

      June 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply

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