Col. David Augustine says he will remain a part of the Fort Wayne community
and retiring from the 122nd Fighter Wing
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):The commander of Fort Wayne's 122nd Fighter Wing says he's excited about what comes next for his life, his family and the future of the Air National Guard base.
Col. David Augustine met with members of the media Monday to provide details of his retirement. The 50-year-old leader says the timing of the announcement was only coincidental to a recent investigation into wrong-doing at the base.
The review by an Oklahoma National Guard investigator determined all 11 claims of misspending and personal use of aircraft were unfounded.
Augustine says he was grounded from flight in July 2013 for a medical condition, a temporary status that could reviewed. But, fighter wing commanders must be active pilots.
He did not reveal details of the medical condition, but said it wasn't life-threatening.
His successor is expected to be named before the end of the year. Augustine has been with the base since 2007. He has been with the Air National Guard for nearly 32. He flew 24 A-10 combat missions during Operational Iraqi Freedom.