FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP/WANE) – The commander of the Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne recently cleared of wrong doing has announced he will retire in the coming months. The 122nd Fighter Wing announced Sunday that Col. David Augustine will retire in three to four months.
A media release said Augustine is retiring because of health concerns, but the public affairs officer could not go into specifics. Augustine, 50, has been with the Guard for nearly 32 years and has commanded the Fort Wayne base since 2011.
“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve almost 32 years in the Air National Guard,” Augustine said in a written statement. “I can’t think of a better place to retire than Fort Wayne. We have a patriotic community that is connected with its military – we are blessed. I am proud and honored to have served with the men and women of the 122nd Fighter Wing, the Blacksnakes, and in the Indiana Air National Guard.”
Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger will start interviewing replacement candidates soon, but there’s no timeline for Augustine’s replacement.
Umbarger said he’s proud of the achievements that Augustine spearheaded at the 122nd in the past four years.
“Col. Augustine was the right officer, at the right place and the right time to lead the 122nd Fighter Wing through very challenging times to include conversion, combat and negotiations to ward off the MC-12 and bring the F-16C back to Fort Wayne. He was pivotal in establishing STARBASE Indiana and in creating the bed rock for bringing the Joint Strike Fighter to Fort Wayne in the future. The list is endless,” the general said in a written statement.
The 122nd Fighter Wing appreciates the many contributions that Col. Augustine has made to the base and is excited to gain a new commander that will continue Augustine’s positive work in the community, the state and the nation, the media release stated.
Maj. Gen. Umbarger announced July 16 that an investigation showed Augustine had not misspent taxpayer money or done any of the other improprieties that had been alleged in an anonymous complaint.