Service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts-martial of LSD use or distribution or both.
One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, ‘‘I absolutely just loved altering my mind.’’
None of the airmen was accused of using drugs on duty.
The service members accused of involvement in the LSD ring were from the 90th Missile Wing, which operates one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 missiles that stand ‘‘on alert’’ 24/7 in underground silos scattered across the northern Great Plains.