The Pentagon has reprimanded an Army general for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two former classmates at West Point, according to a published report.

Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, who as deputy commander for operations in the Middle East oversaw the training of Iraqi forces, was reprimanded after an investigation by the Army's inspector general, according to The Washington Post, which cited documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

An Army review board is considering whether to strip Pittard of his rank as a two-star general before he is allowed to retire, according to the newspaper.

The Post said an anonymous whistleblower alleged that Pittard had "abused his authority by awarding lucrative renewable energy contracts to his friends" while commander of Fort Bliss in Texas.