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Nuclear sustainment is top priority

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., March 10 (UPI) -- The commander of the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center said robust nuclear sustainment is critical and a top priority.

Brig. Gen. Everett Thomas, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command Nuclear Weapons Center in New Mexico, said in order to effectively support U.S. military objectives, an efficient and sustained nuclear enterprise must remain in focus, the Materiel Command reported.

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Thomas said nuclear sustainment, following the 2007 incident when six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads were mistakenly transported without proper safeguards, requires proper attention to provide "war-winning capabilities to the war fighter," according to a press release.

"It's Air Force Materiel Command's mission to sustain our nuclear force," Thomas said in the release.

"It's up to us to keep it a priority and make sure we don't slip back to the days when we did not pay the proper amount of attention to our nuclear mission."

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