July 16, 2014
Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Wednesday morning, findings were released by investigators clearing Col. David Augustine of any of wrongdoing as Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing.
Adj. General of the Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, hired an out-of-state officer to conduct the investigation and addressed all 11 allegations during the press conference.
They were addressed as follows:
Allegation #1: $50,000 on neon sign
Results: Considered to be a great tool. The total cost was $48,000 and considered to be legal and appropriate.
Allegation #2: $100,000 on speech classes
Results: Considered to be appropriate spending. Total was actually $85,000.
Allegation #3: $3,500 on leadership coming to Fort Wayne
Results: Two men attended at $2,000 a piece. Concluded to be appropriate spending.
Allegation #4: Spent government money to hold military seminars at downtown hotels rather than on-base which would have been free of cost.
Results: On two occasions, Augustine stayed off base to "minimize distractions," which is common practice. Total cost was $4,000. Considered justified spending.
Allegation #5: Paying for air travel for an artist
Results: Artist did come from England and painted pictures of an air show. Considered reasonable spending by investigators.
Allegation #6: Lavish holiday parties with funding that came from unauthorized resources
Results: Three small parties in '11-'13 with $53,000 spent. Holiday parties were funded by vending machine sales and private donations. Spending deemed reasonable.
Allegation #7: $30,00 in his own office renovations
Results: Found to be an energy efficient upgrade, findings not substantiated
Allegation #8: Using an A-10 as a "personal taxi"
Results: Used for official functions, which is allowed. He took 9 flights to Dayton Airforce Base.
Allegation #9: Grounded from flying due to unknown medical condition, which questions qualification to command
Results: Allegation is false. Col. Augustine temporarily not able to fly. Upcoming medical exam will determine decide if he is fit to continue command.
Allegation #10: Additional flying training periods that were not needed
Results: Cleared of wrongdoing
Allegations #11: Promoting undeserving staff
Results: Decisions included much thought and discussion, promotions for any position are not mandated. Cleared of wrongdoing.
Adj. General Umbarger said tearfully, "I have reaffirmed continued trust [he will] effectively lead this wing."
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