Vice-Adm Tim Giardina, second-in-command of the US Strategic Command, is under investigation for illegal gambling activities.
He is accused of using counterfeit gambling chips in “a significant monetary amount” at an Iowa casino.
Adm Giardina was demoted to a two-star admiral and will be reassigned pending outcome of the inquiry.
On Wednesday, the Navy’s top spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby announced the removal of Adm Giardina as the deputy in charge of the US Strategic Command.
Adm Giardina, a career submarine officer, was suspended from duty on 3 September after the military launched an investigation into allegations he used counterfeit chips at a casino not far from his base in eastern Nebraska.
The case was referred to the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service after he first came to be suspected of the crime.
It is unknown whether Adm Giardina’s alleged actions at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa…
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