The Air Force says it has reprimanded a vice commander for effectively attempting to restrict military personnel from communicating with members of Congress.

The Air Force Inspector General launched an investigation into Maj. Gen. James Post after receiving a tip about comments Post made at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in January.

Post had said anyone who passes information to Congress about the A-10's capabilities is committing treason. The Air Force wants to retire the 1970s era A-10 Warthog, but Congress has refused to go along with the plan.

Post told investigators that he was being facetious, but investigators concluded otherwise.

The Air Force said Friday that Post has been reassigned to an unspecified job on the staff at the Virginia-based Air Combat Command.