Major General James Post has been fired from the United States Air Force for his comments relating to the A-10 aircraft.
Post suggested that it would be treasonous for any of his subordinates to praise the A-10, which is being controversially retired. The quote in question read, “If anyone accuses me of saying this, I will deny it … anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason.”
The comments were made in January at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada while addressing over 300 airmen at a weapons and tactics review board.
The Air Force’s actions show a change of heart based on their original comments. In an e-mail to Military?.com, spokeswoman Maj. Genieve David defended him, “The intent of his comments were to communicate the Air Force’s position and decision on recommended actions and strategic choices faced for the current constrained fiscal environment.”
Post was heavily criticized for his comments about the A-10, also known as the “Warthog” and “Tankbuster”. Its primary contractor since the late 1980’s has been Northrop Grumman. The Air Force has been pushing for the retirement of the fleet of nearly 300 for around five years due to monetary reasons. Post took it to extreme levels with his comments, warning others to not say anything positive about it.
Post released an apology for his comments in a statement:
“The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command’s constraints. It was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone’s access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.”
Post was a two-star general, and the second-highest ranking officer at Air Combat Command.
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