In an earlier post, we mentioned that US Air Force Major General James Post made a comment to a group of about 300 officers stating that "Anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason”. While the Air Force claimed that these comments were merely hyperbole, due to requests from Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) the Air Force agreed to investigate Post's comments and find out if they did have a negative impact on personnel and morale.
Late last week the results of the Inspector General's investigation came to light, and have resulted in a letter of reprimand to General Post and him leaving his position as vice commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va. According to the report by the Inspector General, Post's comments meant that airmen felt unsure about their ability to contact their Congressional representatives about the A-10 retirement issue, and the General was likely trying to prevent some airmen from directly contact their representatives.
According to a Stars and Stripes report General Post issued a statement expressing an apology for his "poor choice of words". Senator Ayotte applauded the Air Force and the Inspector General for their thorough investigation and decisive action, and she hopes that this result eliminates any questions about a servicemembers' right to contact their Congressional representatives.