No. 2 Nuke Commander Won't Face Iowa Charges

OMAHA, Neb. - The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces won't face charges in Iowa for allegedly using counterfeit gambling chips at a casino. But a federal investigation continues.

Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has been suspended from his duties while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service examines the case. He's accused of using $1,500 in counterfeit chips at a western Iowa casino in June.

Matt Wilbur, the top prosecutor in Iowa's Pottawattamie County, said Tuesday that everyone agreed the Defense Department was in the best position to hold Giardina accountable.

Officially, Giardina remains deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, which is based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. But he is prohibited from performing duties involving nuclear weapons or requiring a security clearance.

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