Augustine Speaks On Retirement (VIDEO)

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August 3, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Col. David L. Augustine, Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing broke his silence today about his upcoming retirement.

Augustine served the Indiana Air National Guard for nearly 32 years and spend the last 3 1/2 years as Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing. Just a few weeks ago Augustine was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation was launched into allegations that Augustine misused tax payer money at the base.

Since those allegations broke last April, Augustine has remained quiet. However, he broke his silence today and told 21Alive that his retirement has nothing to do with the investigation.

He said, "Unfortunately, everybody that flies, wants to fly forever. Right? I mean, you want to fly until the last day you die and that doesn't happen. In my case, it's not going to happen in the military.

When you can't maintain that status anymore, unfortunately, you've got to salute the flag and thank this great nation for allowing you to perform in you capacity."

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Original Story:

Col. David L. Augustine, the 122nd Fighter Wing Commander, has decided to retire from the Indiana Air National Guard after almost 32 years of service. He will retire in the next few months due to medical issues discussed at the recent press conference by Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. The specific timeline pertaining to the retirement is unknown. Maj. Gen. Umbarger will interview replacement candidates soon.

Maj. Gen. Umbarger has stated that he is proud of the achievements that Col. Augustine has spearheaded at the 122nd in the past four years that he has been Commander. “Col. Augustine was the right officer, at the right place and the right time to lead the 122nd Fighter Wing through very challenging times to include conversion, combat and negotiations to ward off the MC-12 and bring the F-16C back to Fort Wayne. He was pivotal in establishing STARBASE Indiana and in creating the bed rock for bringing the Joint Strike Fighter to Fort Wayne in the future. The list is endless.”

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve almost 32 years in the Air National Guard,” Augustine said. “And I can’t think of a better place to retire than Fort Wayne. We have a patriotic community that is connected with its military – we are blessed. I am proud and honored to have served with the men and women of the 122nd Fighter Wing, the Blacksnakes, and in the Indiana Air National Guard.”

Col. Augustine had recently been cleared of several allegations of wrongdoing after a four-month investigation earlier this summer.

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