An Air Force general was fired after warning his officers against talking to Congress.
Maj. Gen. James Post III told more 300 airmen at a January conference in Nevada that talking to Congress about the A-10 Warthog attack jet would amount to treason, according to The Hill.
An internal investigation found that Post talked to the airmen about “the importance of loyalty to senior leader decisions and used the word ‘treason’ in describing his thoughts on communication by Airmen counter to those decisions,” The Hill reported.
Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle said Post was sorry for his choice of words.
“General Post understands the impact of his actions and has expressed his sincere regret to me, a regret he extends to all Airmen,” Carlisle wrote in a statement.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry called Carlisle’s decision to fire Post “important and correct.”
“Members of Congress must be able to receive unfiltered facts and opinions from service members,” Thornberry wrote in a statement. “Attempts to prevent or restrict that communication cannot be allowed.”
Post apologized in his own statement.
“The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command’s constraints,” he said, according to The Hill. “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.”
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