US suspends Number 2 nuclear command official in gambling investigation

The U.S. nuclear command has suspended its Number 2 official amid a gambling investigation, the Associated Press reports.

Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina was quietly suspended on Sept. 3 as deputy of Strategic Command, which is in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces, the AP reported. Giardina is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related to gambling, according to the wire service.

Giardina has been suspended from “all duties that include oversight of nuclear materials or nuclear issues, or that require a security clearance,” a StratCom spokeswoman told the AP. He remains assigned to the Omaha-based command, however.

Giardina is a career submarine officer who joined StratCom in December 2011 after serving as deputy commander and chief of staff at the U.S. Pacific Fleet command in Honolulu. His suspension was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.