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Report on Air Guard inquiry due this week

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 Wednesday morning at the 122nd Fighter Wing on Ferguson Road.

An unidentified employee accused Augustine 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 commanding officer at 122nd Fighter Wing since 2011.