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No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe

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Photo -   This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. The U.S. strategic Command, the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear warfighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander, Giardina, for unspecific reasons, and he is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. The U.S. strategic Command, the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear warfighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander, Giardina, for unspecific reasons, and he is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties.

Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been arrested or charged. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent David Dales says the state investigation is ongoing.

Giardina has been the deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command. A military spokeswoman says he was suspended on Sept. 3 and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Strategic Command is located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb.

Dales says that law enforcement agents stationed at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, located near Omaha, discovered the counterfeit chips.

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