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PERU, Ind. (AP) - The commander at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base has been removed from that position and his job performance under investigation, according to military officials.
An Air Force Reserve Command spokesman said Col. Donald Buckley’s superiors lost confidence in his ability to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing at the base and are reviewing his performance to see if disciplinary action is necessary.
Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr. requested the investigation, said Col. Rob Palmer, director of public affairs for the Air Force Reserve Command.
There is no timeline for the length of the investigation, but Palmer said he anticipates it will be short.
Whether results of the inquiry will be publicly disclosed is unclear and “would really depend on the outcome of the investigation,” Palmer said.
“We most likely would not be disclosing any action taken against him even if there were any actions,” he said, citing privacy concerns.
Buckley has spent less than two years as the Grissom commander overseeing about 2,200 Air Force reservists and its 16 KC-135R Stratotanker refueling planes. He previously commanded the 919th Operations Group in Duke Field, Fla., where he was responsible for four squadrons and more than 450 authorized personnel.
The changes in command, Palmer said, will not affect plans to close and repair the runway at the base for about 45 days beginning in June.
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