Review clears Guard base leader of wrongdoing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An investigation has found that an Indiana National Guard base commander in Fort Wayne didn’t misspend money or act improperly as alleged in an anonymous complaint.

Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said during a news conference Wednesday that the investigation by the Oklahoma National Guard’s assistant adjutant general found the spending by 122nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Augustine was legal and appropriate.

Augustine had been accused in the complaint of carelessly spending more than $230,000 since being appointed in January 2011.

Umbarger says all of the allegations against Augustine were unsubstantiated. Umbarger says base commanders must make difficult decisions and there are always going to be those who disagree. But he said that doesn’t make a decision wrong or illegal.

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