Maj. Gen. Post, fired for ‘treason’ comments, comes face-to-face with A-10

Tech. Sgt. Skylar Derouen, 51st Munitions Squadron munitions equipment assistant section chief, explains his wartime duty as a munitions expediter to Maj. Gen. James N. Post III, Headquarters Air Force director of current operations and deputy chief of staff for operations, while at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 12, 2015. In a wartime scenario, a munitions expediter ensures the correct munitions are delivered to the right aircraft in a timely manner. Post visited Osan to discuss the challenges Airmen may face with training and readiness at the most forward, non-deployed air bases in the world. As the director of current operations, Post is in charge of providing time-sensitive situational awareness and analysis to Air Force senior leaders and linking worldwide operations with core Air Force processes to enable global vigilance, reach and power. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

Maj. Gen. James Post and the A-10 Warthog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)

This may be the most ironic official Air Force photograph of all time: Maj. Gen. James Post — who was fired from his old job earlier this year for telling officers they would be “committing treason” if they advocated to lawmakers for keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt in service — face-to-face with a Warthog.

Pacific Air Forces recently posted the photograph of Post, taken during his Nov. 12 visit to Osan Air Base in South Korea, late Tuesday night. It did not go unnoticed by military observers — especially Warthog fans who raked Post over the coals for his treason comments earlier this year. Said Doctrine Man:

And blogger Tony Carr, who broke the news about Post’s treason comments on his John Q. Public blog, said on his Facebook page: “Who better to send to Osan for a visit than a guy who thinks supporting the A-10 is treasonous. Not only didn’t the USAF sideline James Post, they moved him higher in the organization.”
Lawmakers such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., were angered by Post’s comments. The Air Force’s inspector general investigated, and concluded that he did use the word “treason” before more than 300 airmen at Nellis Air Force Base in January, which, intentionally or unintentionally, “had the effect of attempting to prevent some members from lawfully communicating with Congress.”
Post apologized for his “poor choice of words,” was reprimanded and removed from his post as vice commander of Air Combat Command in April. He is now director of current operations and deputy chief of staff for operations at Air Force headquarters.

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