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Scott Air Force Base colonel ousted after commander loses confidence in him

A Scott Air Force Base colonel has been replaced after the 18th Air Force commander lost confidence in him, according to a news release.

Col. John Howard took the job as commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing in July but was replaced Monday by Col. W. Chris Buschur.

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Col. W. Chris Buschur, Vice Commander 375th Air Mobility Wing, replaced Col. John Howard as commander. Scott Air Force Base

“(Lt. Gen. Giovanni) Tuck lost confidence in Howard’s leadership and ability to continue serving in command,” according to a news release. “This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but ultimately one that best serves the 375th AMW and 18th AF.”

Howard said he was asked not to comment “on this” when reached by phone Monday evening. A written statement from the base did not specify a reason for why Tuck lost confidence in Howard.

Howard was scheduled to speak at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fall commencement Dec. 16, but university officials were notified Monday afternoon that the base will send another colonel in his place, according to university spokesman Doug McIlhagga. Col. Marc Packler, commander of the 375th Communications Group, will speak at the commencement instead, McIlhagga said.

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Col. John Howard, former commander of the 375th Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, was replaced after the 18th Air Force commander lost confidence in him. Scott Air Force Base

Howard served as the vice commander for the 100th Air Refueling Wing in Mildenhall, England, prior to his position at Scott Air Force Base.

Buschur served as vice commander for the 375th Air Mobility Wing until Howard’s ousting. Before his assignment at Scott Air Force Base, Buschur served as deputy commander of NATO Multinational Force at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Col. Laura Lenderman preceded Howard as commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing.

The wing provides aeromedical evacuation and support for transporting passengers and cargo. The wing commander leads more than 3,100 personnel, oversees more than $4 billion in assets and controls a $130 million annual budget.

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Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, left, 18th Air Force commander, presents the 375th Air Mobility Wing guidon to Col. John Howard, signifying the start of his command of the wing during a change of command ceremony July 24 at Scott. Howard assumes command of the 375th AMW from Col. Laura Lenderman. Photo by Airman Chad Gorecki
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