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US Air Force lieutenant colonel relieved of Wyoming command

A U.S. Air Force colonel has relieved a lieutenant colonel of his command in Wyoming amid concern he wasn’t maintaining an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Col. Damian Schlussel relieved Lt. Col. Nicholas Petren of command of the 90th Security Forces Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base due to the results of a survey.

Officials at the base in Cheyenne said Monday the survey showed Petren didn’t maintain a “healthy command climate.” The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the change was effective Monday.

A message seeking comment from Petren wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.

Petren has been reassigned to an undisclosed new position at the base.

The 90th Security Forces Group provides security for the base and the 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles overseen by the 90th Missile Wing.

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