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122nd Fighter Wing gets new commander


The Indiana National Guard announced Wednesday it has selected a new commander for the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

Col. Patrick Renwick has been chosen to replace Col. David Augustine, effective Sept. 13.

Renwick is vice commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing, based in Terre Haute. That base is a former fighter wing.

Augustine announced a month ago that he would retire because of an undisclosed medical condition that prevents him from flying, a requirement for an Air National Guard fighter wing commander. He has led the Ferguson Road base, where more than 1,100 people are assigned, since January 2011.

Renwick is rated as a command pilot with more than 3,000 total hours and 148 combat hours, according to a news release from the Guard. He is qualified to fly A-10 combat jets, which are flown by the 122nd Fighter Wing, and F-16 fighters, which will replace A-10s at the Fort Wayne base in coming years.

"?I look forward to humbly serving the airmen of the 122nd Fighter Wing as their next commander, and I'm grateful to the leadership provided by Col. Augustine, who has certainly set the bar high and taken the 122nd to a new level,"? Renwick said in a statement.

He is a resident of Marshall, Illinois, and has been at the Terre Haute base since 1998.

Renwick has been weapons and tactics officer, assistant flight commander, squadron chief of training, wing chief of safety, maintenance squadron commander and air support operations squadron commander.

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general for Indiana, said in a statement that Renwick ?is superbly qualified to lead the fighter wing of the Indiana National Guard.?

Augustine said Renwick and his family ?will be a great addition to the Fort Wayne community.?

Renwick will assume command from Augustine at a Sept. 13 ceremony at the 122nd Fighter Wing.