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Bos Mutus
04-10-2015, 05:18 PM
Two-star fired for 'treason' rant against A-10 supporters

By Jeff Schogol, Staff writer 12:34 p.m. EDT April 10, 2015
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The two-star general who told officers they would be "committing treason" by advocating to Congress that the A-10 should be kept in service has been fired and reprimanded, Air Combat Command announced on Friday.
The military blog John Q Public first reported in January that Maj. Gen. James Post made the comments at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, prompting the Air Force Inspector General's Office to look into the matter.
The IG found that Post did use the word "treason" during his remarks to more than 300 airmen at the Jan. 10 Tactics Review Board, an Air Combat Command news release says.
"The IG report surmised that Post's 'choice of words had the effect of attempting to prevent some members from lawfully communicating with Congress,' which is a violation of the U.S. Code and DoD Directives, whether that was his intention or not," the news release says.
As a result, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, has removed Post as vice commander of Air Combat Command and issued Post a letter of reprimand, the news release says.
"Gen. Post understands the impact of his actions and has expressed his sincere regret to me, a regret he extends to all Airmen," Carlisle said in the news release.
The Air Force has not announced what Post's next assignment will be.

Post gave a statement in the news release expressing regret for the controversy surrounding his remarks.
"The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command's constraints," he said in the news release. "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.

"I absolutely respect and understand the decision made by Gen. Carlisle and I hope my departure from ACC will enable the command to refocus on the mission as soon as possible. I have the utmost respect for the Combat Air Forces' Airmen who work every day to protect and defend the constitution and citizens of the United States."
Post's "treason" comment outraged some in Congress, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who called on Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to investigate the matter.

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http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/04/10/fired-for-treason-comments/25569181/


Okay, the guy blundered for sure..."fired" means "PCS'd" here. Probably an appropriate punishment for the crime. I saw this posted on a FB page and a bunch of commments like "some accountability...he'll retire quietly in a few months with a cushy retirement..."

I'm thinking, really? You think he should lose his retirement over this? Let's let the punishment fit the crime here...solid reprimand, lost a good position, publicly slammed..." What he said was wrong, but he didn't exactly murder anyone.

I've caught MSgts telling their Airmen that they "better not be writing to Congress" or forbidding them from going to meet the IG...both of course are against the law.

MikeKerriii
04-10-2015, 06:15 PM
I've caught MSgts telling their Airmen that they "better not be writing to Congress" or forbidding them from going to meet the IG...both of course are against the law.And you did not report it?

Does anyone want to bet that this idiot will retire at his permanent rank?

Bos Mutus
04-10-2015, 06:19 PM
And you did not report it?

I handled it.


Does anyone want to bet that this idiot will retire at his permanent rank?

He might retire as a one-star maybe...but, maybe not. It's big in the news, but is this really something he should lose rank over? I dunno...it's close on that. I wouldn't think it a major injustice either way.

FLAPS, USAF (ret)
04-10-2015, 07:41 PM
The ACC/CV position is a 3-star billet. Now that he's not filling that billet, then he'll most likely lose his 3-star nomination and retire as a 2-star. Unlike 0-6 and below, you can't just homestead at your current rank, to include hoping between billets for that particular pay grade. Bottom line, he'll retire...maybe after several months as a "special assistant."

MikeKerriii
04-10-2015, 08:27 PM
He might retire as a one-star maybe...but, maybe not. It's big in the news, but is this really something he should lose rank over? I dunno...it's close on that. I wouldn't think it a major injustice either way. It is something he should face a Courts Marshal over IMO, not just a reprimand. But I guess Generals get a pass for criminal acts?

Bos Mutus
04-10-2015, 08:42 PM
It is something he should face a Courts Marshal over IMO, not just a reprimand. But I guess Generals get a pass for criminal acts?

I could see Art 15....which of course the CC doesn't offer unless he's prepared to go to Court Martial if it's turned down...

...but I guess I don't see it as a big thing as you do.

Criminal Acts? Yeah, maybe technically...but really just kind got a little carried away in his zeal and went overboard...no indication it was anything beyond these statements...if he actually took actions against people who went to Congress, or actively tried to block someone from doing so, then it's more serious.

Doesn't meant I think he wasn't wrong...just means I don't think it's a huge crime that he needs a court martial over.

I dunno...just my opinion...seems to me they got it about right.