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?