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Commander of 122nd Under Investigation, Reports Say

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): Military officials say the commander of the Indiana Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne is under investigation following a complaint over more than $200,000 in spending.
An Indiana National Guard spokeswoman says the investigation of Col. David Augustine began this week. Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree says an out-of-state Guard officer has been selected to lead the investigation.
Augustine tells The Journal Gazette he can't comment until the investigation is complete.
The complaint says Augustine's improper spending included $100,000 on speech classes for Guard members, $50,000 for two holiday parties and $30,000 to renovate a personal office. The complaint also said Augustine used A-10 combat jets flown from the base as “his personal taxi.”
Augustine has been commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing since January 2011.

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