Replacement named for ousted Grissom commander

(Photo Provided/U.S. Air Force/Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)
(Photo Provided/U.S. Air Force/Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)

PERU, Ind. (AP) — Military officials have named a new commander for northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base, replacing the base leader who was removed from the position in March during an investigation of his job performance.

Grissom officials say the Air Force Reserve has appointed Col. Douglas Schwartz to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing at the base near the city of Peru. Schwartz has been the 927th Air Refueling Wing commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Schwartz replaces Col. Donald Buckley, who spent less than two years as commander of Grissom’s some 2,200 reservists and 16 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.

Schwartz is a graduate of Purdue University and was a Stratotanker pilot at Grissom in the 1990s.

He is to take command at Grissom during a ceremony Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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