Another high-ranking U.S. military officer has been dismissed after getting drunk during a goodwill mission to Russia, officials said.
Last year, the captain of the San Diego-based frigate Vandegrift was relieved of command for getting drunk during a visit to the port of Vladivostock to review the Russians' Pacific fleet. Three other officers were also punished for "inappropriate behavior" involving alcohol.
This week it was revealed that Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was dismissed for getting drunk and insulting his hosts during an official visit to Moscow in July.
Carey was removed as head of the 20th Air Force, which handles 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
According to the Associated Press, Carey got drunk and was stumbling through Red Square and had made a scene at a banquet.
His behavior was "unbecoming an officer and gentleman," according to an Air Force investigation.
Much the same language was used last year when Cmdr. Joseph Darlak was relieved as commanding officer of the Vandegrift. "Inappropriate behavior and judgment in positions of authority are unacceptable," a Navy spokeswoman said at the time.