William E. Ward

William E. " Kip " Ward ( born March 6, 1949) is a former general of the U.S. Army. From 2007 to 2011 he was the first commander of U.S. Africa Command.

Military career

Ward received on June 6, 1971 his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He graduated from the infantry basic training for officers, as well as the Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He has a Master of Arts in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts, also in political science, the Morgan State University. His foreign assignments include South Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Germany. He also has a number of uses in the continental United States, as well as in Alaska and Hawaii.

His troops were uses as: platoon leader of a platoon, 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Company commander in the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Howze, South Korea; Logistics officer ( S-4 ) of the 210th U.S. Field Artillery Brigade, VII U.S. Corps of the U.S. 7th Army in Germany; Commander of the 5th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the U.S. 6th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska ( after which he then served as a logistics officer ( E-4) of the brigade ); Commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 10th U.S. Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York and in 1992/93 during Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia; assistive division commander for supply of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. From 1999 to 2000 Ward was employed as Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii in the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. From October 2002 to October 2003 he took command of SFOR in Sarajevo. Then he took over the post of Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the U.S. 7th Army. In this use, it was used from March to December 2005 by the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as U.S. security coordinator Israel - Palestinian Authority ) in Israel. On 3 May 2006 Ward took over the post of deputy commander of the U.S. European Command, becoming the deputy of General Bantz J. Craddock.

His staff assignments were as: first officer in the U.S. Army Military Community Activity - Aschaffenburg in the U.S. 7th Army in Germany; First Officer of the 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. 7th Army; Staff officer for logistics in the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at U.S. Army Office in Washington, DC; First Officer of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army in the Defense Ministry; Deputy Director for Operations ( J -3) in the National Military Command Center, the Joint Staff also in Washington ( DC); Chief of Bureau of Military Cooperation in the U.S. Embassy in Egypt; and Deputy Director for Operations ( J-3 ) of the Joint Staff. From 3 May 2006 until the end of September 2007, he took over the post deputy commander of U.S. European Command and was the deputy of Bantz J. Craddock.

On 28 September 2007 Ward's nomination for the post of commander of the U.S. Africa Command ( USAFRICOM ) from the Senate Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate was confirmed. Therefore, Ward took over on October 1, first the post of commander of the new regional command for Africa. On 8 March 2011 General Ward retired, his successor as commander of U.S. Africa Command, General Carter F. Ham.

In November 2012 Ward was ( Lieutenant General ) degrades because of use of public funds for private travel to the three -star general and sentenced to a refund.

Ward is married to Joyce Ward and has a son and a daughter.


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