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Last updated: Thu. Sep. 04, 2014 - 10:38 am EDT

Air Guard commander named

Begins Sept. 13; trails Augustine, who is retiring

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

Col. Patrick Renwick was chosen to replace the retiring Col. David Augustine, effective Sept. 13.

Renwick is vice commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing, based in Terre Haute. It had been a fighter wing until its redesignation in 2008, the result of U.S. military base realignments and closings mandated in 2005.

Augustine announced a month ago that he would retire from the Air National Guard because of an undisclosed medical condition that prevents him from flying, a requirement for a fighter wing commander.

Augustine has led the Ferguson Road base since 2011. More than 1,000 airmen are assigned there.

Renwick is rated as a command pilot with more than 3,000 total hours and 148 combat hours, according to a Guard news release. 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 local base in coming years.

“I look forward to humbly serving the airmen of the 122 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.

Highlights of Augustine’s command have included converting the base from F-16s to A-10s, staving off a Pentagon attempt to replace the A-10s with far fewer intelligence planes, opening the Starbase academy for fifth-grade students, staging a public air show in 2012 and developing the Baer Field Heritage Air Park.

His decision to retire came after a Guard investigation cleared him of anonymous allegations that he had misappropriated public funds.

The Journal Gazette was unable to reach a Guard spokeswoman Wednesday evening for details about the commander selection process.

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.”

Renwick a resident of Marshall, Illinois, joined the Air Force in 1988.

Assigned to the Terre Haute Air Guard base since 1998, he has been its weapons and tactics officer, assistant flight commander, squadron chief of training, wing chief of safety, maintenance squadron commander and air support operations squadron commander.

Augustine said in the statement that 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.

bfrancisco@jg.net


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