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Verbatim: New 122nd commander named

Statement issued Monday:

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of Col. David L. Augustine as the next commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Augustine currently serves as the vice wing commander at the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Base, Mich., and is a command pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time in the numerous aircraft, to include the A-10C. Maj. Gen. Umbarger stated that “Colonel Augustine brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the 122nd Fighter Wing as we continue to transition to the A-10C aircraft.”

Colonel Augustine’s wife Chavala and three children are looking forward to relocating from Grosse Point Michigan, to the Fort Wayne area and becoming active members of the community.

Augustine will be assuming command in early January 2011 from Col. Jeffrey A. Soldner, a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flight time in numerous aircraft to include the F-100, F-4, F-16, and C-26.

Soldner began his career with the Indiana Air Guard in 1972 as an enlisted member while attending Purdue University. In 1976 he received his commission and attended flight training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Soldner has had a distinguished career, holding numerous positions of leadership, to include his selection as the 122nd Fighter Wing commander in 2004.

His combat assignments include senior leadership positions at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and Al Udied Air Base, Qatar. The 122nd Fighter Wing under Soldner’s command has achieved an impressive safety record of more 60,000 accident-free flying hours, and Air Force Inspection ratings of excellent or better.

Major General Umbarger said, “I want to thank Colonel Jeffrey A. Soldner for his outstanding service to the Indiana Air National Guard and his outstanding leadership of the 122nd Fighter Wing for the last six years. I wish Colonel Soldner and his wife Karen the very best in their upcoming retirements.”

Questions concerning these assignments can be directed to the Indiana National Guard public affairs office.

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