William E. Ward
Ward as a general in November 2009. He was reduced in rank to lieutenant general upon his retirement in 2012.
March 6, 1949 (age 67)
United States of America
United States Army
Years of service
U.S. Africa Comma
Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command
25th Infantry Division
Operation Restore Hope
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
William E. "Kip" Ward (born March 6, 1949), is a retired United States Army three-star general(reduced in rank from four-star) who previously served as Commander, U.S. Africa Command from October 1, 2007 to March 8, 2011. Prior to that, Ward previously served as Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command. After he left U.S. Africa Command, Ward reverted to his permanent rank of major general and served as a special assistant to the Army’s vice chief of staff after the Department of Defense concluded he had misused taxpayer money. Ward then retired with the rank of lieutenant general in November 2012.
3Awards and decorations
Ward holds an M.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University. While at Morgan State he was a member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Army War College.
Ward was commissioned into the infantry in 1971. His military service includes overseas tours in Korea, Egypt, Somalia,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, two tours in Germany, and a wide variety of assignments in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. He relinquished command of Africa Command to General Carter F. Ham.
While a retirement ceremony was held in April 2011, Ward remained on active-duty, pending a special Army investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense. The investigation has run 17 months and a ruling on the matter is pending with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Unnamed "defense officials said Ward is facing numerous allegations that he spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars allowing unauthorized people, including family members, to fly on government planes, and spent excessive amounts of money on hotel rooms, transportation and other expenses when he traveled as head of Africa Command". In a Pentagon report, Ward spent $129,000 of taxpayer money on an 11-day trip with an entourage of 13 military and civilian personnel.
Ward held the four-star grade of general while serving as Commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), a "position of importance and responsibility" under 10 USC § 601.Ward was reduced in rank upon retirement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Ward's retired rank is that of Lieutenant General which was determined to be the last rank in which he had satisfactorily served.
Awards and decorations
Ward received the following awards and decorations:
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge (United States)
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge – SSI-FWTS
9th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Canadian Parachutist Wings (Red Maple Leaf / Non-Operational)
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze service star
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 6)
NATO Medal for Yugoslavia with bronze service star
William E. Ward received the Trumpet Award in 2010 as well as the BEYA award for Lifetime Achievement.
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