Skip to comments.Air Force general who warned of 'treason' for A-10 comments is removed
Posted on 04/10/2015 8:30:34 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Maj. Gen. James N. Post was speaking to a group of about 300 airmen at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in January when he began to talk about the ongoing budget battle in Congress and how the Air Force would need to divest the A-10 in order to move forward on some of its other airframes. (U.S Air Force)
The Air Force commander who warned fellow airmen that speaking positively of the A-10s performance to members of Congress could be considered "treason" has been removed from office, the Air Force announced Friday.
Maj. Gen. James N. Post was speaking to a group of about 300 airmen at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in January when he began to talk about the ongoing budget battle in Congress and how the Air Force would need to divest the A-10 in order to move forward on some of its other airframes.
"In the course of his remarks [Post] discussed the importance of loyalty to senior leader decisions [on the A-10] and used the word "treason" in describing his thoughts on communication by airmen counter to those decisions," the Air Force said in a statement released Friday.
In the prepared statement, Post offered his apologies for the incident.
"My impromptu remarks at the January Weapons and Tactics conference regarding the future of the A-10 have regrettably sparked a lot of controversy and attention. I hope my departure from ACC will enable the command to refocus on the mission as soon as possible."
After an investigation by the Air Force inspector general it was determined that Post's comments had a "chilling effect on some of the attendees and caused them to feel constrained from communicating with members of Congress," the Air Force said.
The Air Force has been criticized over the last few months in its handling of the A-10 in its quest to divest the close air support airframe, particularly in how it has previously reported the attack aircraft's role in combat compared to the Air Force's other bombers and attack planes.
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command where Post was assigned, issued a letter of reprimand and had Post moved from his position as vice commander at the command.
It was not immediately clear where Post was moved to.
Defending one of our most effective weapons systems is “treason”.
The truth will get you fired in PC DC.
If I were that guy I would have tried the brain tumor defense.
I know it makes my brother do and say many stupid things.
I wonder if he is getting a paycheck from another entity (or two) in addition to the Air Force.
This is all part of the A-10 v. F-35 debate. Speaking positively about the A-10 is the same as bad-mouthing the F-35.
Any statistics on how often flag officers are reprimanded, replaced, cashiered... year to year?
The internet may bring to more cases light,and the rate remains similar?
No hard numbers , but the appearance is an increase with dear leader (from the behind).
It’s interesting that the Warthog has become such a controversial subject.
I used to have a Warthog flight simulator back in the day, btw.
Declaring oneself a Soldier of Allah and killing thirteen fellow soldiers = workplace violence.
OK, got it.
But wait, this general said the A-10 had to be gotten rid of. (”divested”) I thought that was the company line?
Yep. There are no high pay post-retirement jobs at defense contractors for supporting the A-10.
My gaydar is registering a 10.
Give the A-10 to the Marine Corps!
It is not like the Marine Corps isn’t used to hand-me-downs, and since the A-10 is as subtile as a punch in the chops, it would be right at home.
Grunts, snipers, and A-10 drivers....... salt o the earth!
The moron general is a fighter pilot and AF fighter pilots don’t consider the A-10 to be a fighter. It’s too slow and runs too close to the live fire for them so they want to get rid of it so as to promote what they consider to be “real” fighters.
This battle has been ongoing for years. The fighter jocks have long wanted to be rid of the Hog.
He deserves to be cashiered. Treason my ass.
The Warthog is an awesome close air support aircraft. The Best!
Hopefully, this general will be demoted and transferred to Siberia.
Yep, especially since he approves of the Obama agenda to weaken the military. He is definitely a fudge packer.
That is exactly how I read it. This does not make sense.
He should have been promoted since this is the "party" line. No?
“This is all part of the A-10 v. F-35 debate.”
The Marine Corps went thru the same debate when the brass wanted the V-22 Osprey and decided to use it as a replacement for the CH-46E “Phrog.”
Boeing had plans for a faster, higher lift-capacity CH-46E “Super-Phrog” but these were rejected in favor of the Osprey. (remember, the CH-47 Chinook is a similar but larger design, and new avionics and other upgrades were available or under development for that aircraft).
The Osprey is faster, but its interior space is not much different; in addition, it can outrun the Hueys and Cobras that are supposed to protect it, and its footprint is about twice the size of the Phrog it replaced (2 Ospreys fit on the flight deck of an LPD that accomodated 4 Phrogs.
Sadly, the last Phrog flight has been completed, and all surviving examples are in museums or the boneyard.
Hosepipe = IDIOT!!!
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