Grissom Air Reserve commander removed from post

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)
(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)

PERU, Ind. (AP) — Military officials say the commander at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base has been removed from that position and is under investigation.

An Air Force spokesman says Col. Donald Buckley’s superiors lost confidence in his ability to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing at the base and are reviewing his performance. Col. Rob Palmer tells the Kokomo Tribune that Buckley is now working as a technician at the base.

Palmer declined to give any details about the investigation.

Grissom’s vice commander is temporarily leading the base.

Buckley has spent less than two years as the Grissom commander overseeing about 2,200 Air Force reservists and its 16 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Buckley with Grissom’s public affairs office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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