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– The commander at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base has been removed from that position and his job performance is under investigation, according to military officials.

An Air Force Reserve Command spokesman said Col. Donald Buckley’s superiors lost confidence in his ability to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing at the base and are reviewing his performance to see whether disciplinary action is needed.

Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy requested the investigation, said Col. Rob Palmer, director of public affairs for the Air Force Reserve Command.

There is no timeline for the length of the inquiry. Whether results of the inquiry will be disclosed is unclear and “would really depend on the outcome of the investigation,” Palmer said.

Palmer told the Kokomo Tribune that Buckley is now working as a technician at the base.

Grissom’s vice commander Col. Bryan Reinhart is filling in. Flournoy is vetting candidates to permanently replace Buckley and hopes to finish soon, Palmer said.

Buckley has spent less than two years as commander overseeing about 2,200 Air Force reservists and its 16 KC-135R Stratotanker refueling planes. He previously commanded the 919th Operations Group in Duke Field, Fla., where he oversaw four squadrons and more than 450 authorized personnel.