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National Guard completes investigation of Fort Wayne commander

The Indiana National Guard has scheduled a news conference this week to announce the findings of an internal investigation of Col. David Augustine, commander of the Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne.

Augustine is the target of an anonymous complaint accusing him of improperly spending more than $233,000 in public funds.

The complaint arrived April 28, and the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., assigned an officer from another state to investigate. The investigation, which began May.27, has been completed, the Indiana Guard announced Monday.

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general for Indiana, will present the findings at a Wednesday morning news conference at the 122nd Fighter Wing on Ferguson Road.

Augustine was accused of misusing public funds to send airmen to speech classes, renovate a personal office, buy a neon sign, throw holiday parties, conduct seminars at hotels and make a donation to the civic engagement program Leadership Fort Wayne. The complaint was first reported by WANE-TV on May 29.

A day later, Leadership Fort Wayne issued a statement disputing reports that Augustine made a $3,500 donation to the program. The group said the air base spent $2,000 to enroll two airmen in the 10-month class.

Augustine and the Indiana Guard have declined to comment about the allegations.

Augustine, a combat veteran of the Iraq war, has been the commanding officer at the 122nd Fighter Wing since 2011.