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Air Force investigates alleged cheating at Grand Forks base

GRAND FORKS - The U.S. Air Force is investigating allegations of air traffic control airmen cheating on proficiency tests at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The investigation stems from the discovery of an airman with images of test material sharing the images with other airmen, according to an air base news release.

The allegations are against airmen of the 319th Operations Support Squadron, and the investigation is being directed by commanders, the release said.

Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney of the base’s public affairs office said no one was in danger due to the compromised tests, and that the effectiveness of the air traffic control mission was not in jeopardy.

He couldn’t comment on how the alleged cheating was discovered or what the possible punishment would be, citing the ongoing investigation.

The airmen being investigated are not scheduled for any duties related to air traffic control at this time, the release said.

Air traffic controllers of 319th Operations Support Squadron were given new proficiency tests beginning Aug. 5, the release said. Anyone who doesn’t pass would need to retrain and retest according to Air Force instructions.

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