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“Allow me to reaffirm my continued trust and confidence in the ability and integrity of Col. David Augustine to effectively lead this wing.” -- Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger

Umbarger: All allegations against Augustine were unsubstantiated

Statement verbatim, as issued Wednesday by the Public Affairs Office at Joint Force Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard:

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger called a press conference Wednesday, Jul. 16, to address the results of an internal investigation surrounding 122nd Fighter Wing commander Col. David Augustine.

Umbarger ordered the investigation following an anonymous email received by a media outlet on Apr. 28, 2014, alleging 11 instances of misappropriation of funds and misconduct by Col. Augustine.

The investigation was conducted by Brig. Gen. Glen Moore, Oklahoma National Guard’s assistant adjutant general. It started May 27, 2014 and concluded Jun. 9, 2014.

Brig. Gen. Moore examined each inquiry to determine whether Col. Augustine violated any federal laws, military regulations or policies by improperly spending government funds.

The investigating officer concluded that all allegations were unsubstantiated. After a legal review Umbarger agreed with those findings of allegations being unsubstantiated.

“The numerous achievements of the 122nd Fighter Wing in both individual and collective readiness, combined with the results of a thorough investigation,” said Umbarger. “Allow me to reaffirm my continued trust and confidence in the ability and integrity of Col. David Augustine to effectively lead this wing.”

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