Ind. Guard base leader under investigation over $200K spending

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — 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 told The Journal Gazette he can't comment until the investigation is complete.

WANE-TV reported that 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 2011.

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