Fort Wayne native resigns from commander post at Grissom Air Reserve Base

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PERU, Ind. (AP): The commander of northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base has stepped down after nearly two years in the position.

Grissom officials say Col. Doug Schwartz’s retirement after 35 years in the military took effect Saturday.

The Purdue University graduate who grew up in Fort Wayne took over the 434th Air Refueling Wing in June 2014 after military officials removed the previous commander during an investigation of his job performance.

The Kokomo Tribune reports Col. Larry Shaw III will assume command of the base located midway between South Bend and Indianapolis in July. Shaw is now deputy director of air operations at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

Schwartz says he’s glad he could complete his career at the Indiana base that flies KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.


  1. Just curious: did the local base do a “flyby” Thursday afternoon? There was a non-Warthog doing some rather beautiful flying on the south end of town…


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