General William Kip Ward Biography
The General William Kip Ward was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 3rd 1949. In 1971, He attained a B.A degree in Political Science at Morgan State University. While still pursuing his degree, he decided to join the (ROTG). He ended up joining the Army War college as well as the United States Command and General Staff college.
During General William Kip Ward service at the army, General William ward service included tours in different nations such as Germany on two occasions, Somalia, Egypt, Israel, Bosnia and Korea. These overseas trips that the general took cannot be takes for granted as the mission given was always accomplished.
In 2011, The Washington Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta decided to demote The United States Africa Command General William Ward on claims that he was misusing state funds by organizing Lavish travels. This made him retire as a three-star Lieutenant general. The lavish spending of state funds cost the general $82,000 that he was ordered to repay as a sort of compensation. Being demoted as a three star meant that the former head of United States Africa Command would lose $30,000 a year as opposed to if he retired as a four star.
The investigations carried out on General William E. ward showed that he used the military cars were not only used for official unauthorized purposes but also as a means of transport for his wife to visit spa and go for shopping. It was also discovered that there was $750 of state money was used by the general to pay for a suite on unofficial function. There were other extra costs of prolonged trips that were discovered in his spending.
However, Panetta demotion orders were faced by military guidelines and complex laws that only left him with only two option. To either demote and have him agree to retire as a three-star lieutenant general or give him a better option and allow William Kip Ward retire being a four-star Lieutenant General.
The investigations were faced up with challenges, making the general to be demoted being a two-star lieutenant general. It took 40 years for the general to drop his duties and go to concentrate on his family. Due to the services the general offered to his nation, he ended up being given two award by the commander in chief on the retirement day. The state also decided to give the general’s wife a number of awards as a token of appreciation. Ward and his wife ended up making a number of contribution to different children foundations.
Many citizens and personnel serving in the military will always acknowledge the role general William Kip Ward played in serving his nation and military. The government official will be remembered for the role that he played in the country.