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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 14th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Former AFRICOM Commander Demoted and Fined For Misuse of Funds

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General William “Kip” Ward.

Due to the demotion for AFRICOM Commander General William Ward is definitely getting hit big in the pocketbook in regards to his retirement pay, but it still seems like he is getting off light:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Panetta stripped Gen. William “Kip” Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general. Ward also has been ordered to repay the government $82,000.  (…..)

“Secretary Panetta insists that leaders within the Department of Defense exemplify both professional excellence and sound judgment,” Little said. “The secretary is committed to ensuring that any improprieties or misconduct by senior officers are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.”

A spokesman for Ward said Tuesday that the general “has never been motivated by personal gain and fulfilled each and every mission assigned to him and served his country and the men and women assigned to his commands with distinction.”

“While Gen. Ward is not perfect he has always been guided by his faith in God and the belief that there is no greater honor as a patriot than to lead those who choose to serve our nation in the armed forces,” spokesman Chris Garrett said in a statement.

Retiring as a three-star general will cost Ward about $30,000 a year in retirement pay, giving him close to $208,802 a year rather than the $236,650 he would receive as a four-star general.  [Huffington Post]

I say he is getting off light because if a enlisted servicemember did something like run up $82,000 on their government credit card they would likely be court martialed and face a face bad conduct discharge or even jail time.  For example this E-7 back in 2010 in Korea received 90 days in jail, a demotion to E-4, and a bad conduct discharge for $38,000 in housing fraud.  Shouldn’t our 4-star generals be held to an even high standard than an E-7?

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  • flyingsword
    10:01 pm on November 14th, 2012 1

    He should lose everything, he knows the rules of travel, everybody knows the rules of travel if they have a little time in the Army. Had the, “I deserve this, I’m a general disease.” Oh and a staff that didn’t know how to say no to a general…bunch of yes men.

    Unfortunately, senior officers are constantly give a bye when it comes to following the rules, the officer corps should find this embarrassing.

  • LG DACOM Stinks, Royally
    6:25 am on November 15th, 2012 2

    I’d give him some leeway it is was only a matter of staying in more expensive hotels while on TDY or taking around a large entourage, but this guy was making up reasons to travel from GERMANY to D.C., New York, and Atlanta to attend racially exclusive events that had nothing to do with his official business. It’s all in the DoD IG report that’s available on-line.

    Also, everyone knows that he never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, right?

  • tbonetylr
    6:59 am on November 15th, 2012 3

    Now he’s retiring on only $208 thousand per year, they should give him a Krip Award. What’s happening to the U.S.A.?

  • tbonetylr
    7:02 am on November 15th, 2012 4

    Let’s make that Krips a-Ward.

  • HANDO
    2:08 pm on November 15th, 2012 5

    We are who we are and SHOULD be responsible and accountable for our actions. Though he may have fulfilled his military obligations, he betrayed the trust of our military and society.

  • Rockmarne
    9:56 am on November 18th, 2012 6

    Ward served in Korea at Camp Howze from 1974-76 with the 1-17 (M) Inf.

 

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