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General demoted for lavish travel, spending
Boston.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR

Posted on 11/13/2012 10:40:27 AM PST by billorites

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Panetta stripped Gen. William ‘‘Kip’’ Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite arguments from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against the demotion. Ward also has been ordered also repay the government $82,000.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss a personnel matter.

The demotion comes as retired Army Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director because of an extramarital affair and Marine Gen. John Allen is being investigated for improper communications with a woman.

According to the official, Panetta reviewed the Ward matter and concluded that the wrongdoing found by the Defense Department Inspector General, in a report released earlier this year, demanded accountability.

Retiring as a three-star 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 get as a four-star.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged Panetta to allow Ward, the former head of U.S. Africa Command, to retire at his full four-star general rank, according to defense officials. Other military leaders had noted that the demotion would cost Ward a lot of money.

The inspector general’s report found that Ward used military vehicles to shuttle his wife on shopping trips and to a spa and billed the government for a refueling stop overnight in Bermuda, where the couple stayed in a $750 suite. The report detailed lengthy stays at lavish hotels for Ward, his wife and his staff members,

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"A common theme running through the report was Ward’s insistence that his wife travel with him at government cost, even though it was often not authorized and she performed few official duties."

In light of the recent news re: Petraeus and Allen, there's more than a little whiff of hypocrisy in the air when an officer is cashiered for insisting that his wife accompany him abroad.

1 posted on 11/13/2012 10:40:33 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

Who did this guy think he was?
Nancy Pelosi and her spawn??
Michelle on “Wookie One”?
Hillary and Huma on “Broomstick 2”?


2 posted on 11/13/2012 10:43:24 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: billorites

And the purge continues.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 10:43:41 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The goal is to equalize outcomes based on race without regard for performance or merit.)
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To: billorites

She shoulda married a community organizer instead of a solider if she was hoping for free international travel.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 10:44:44 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: billorites

“Kip”?

did he spend it all on brie cheese and fancy drapes?


5 posted on 11/13/2012 10:46:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: billorites

It seems like the top brass is being purged so Obama can take absolute control.

If Obama owns the military, who would be able stop him? John Boehner? John Roberts?


6 posted on 11/13/2012 10:47:10 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Yep,

Get ready for the SHTF!

7 posted on 11/13/2012 10:47:52 AM PST by Errant
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To: billorites

8 posted on 11/13/2012 10:49:20 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“And the purge continues.”

Just as Val Jarret(sp?) said it would. “Revenge!”


9 posted on 11/13/2012 10:52:01 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Arthurio

Obama is the CIC; he already has absolute control.


10 posted on 11/13/2012 10:52:25 AM PST by CityCenter (Presidential terms are 4 years, eternity is forever.)
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To: billorites

Wow. They’re really purging the ‘4 stars’ aren’t they?


11 posted on 11/13/2012 10:52:25 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: billorites
Does anyone get reminded of Hitler replacing all the generals of the German army in the Blomberg-Fritsch Affair?
12 posted on 11/13/2012 10:53:10 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: billorites
Once again, the Boston Globe Turd gets it wrong.

Our military promotes through O-8 (major general, rear admiral (upper half)). All higher ranks are appointive: the president appoints and the Senate confirms. No one is "broken" from O-10 to O-9 because O-9 also requires Senate confirmation. This guy has obviously been reassigned to an O-9 billet and will have to be confirmed in it. Only the Senate can allow someone to retire as an O-9, O-10, or (in war), O-11.

Boston Globe, you still suck.

13 posted on 11/13/2012 10:55:01 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: billorites

Another affirmative action success story.....


14 posted on 11/13/2012 10:57:00 AM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: billorites

Just waiting for the inevitable cries of racism. You KNOW it will happen.


15 posted on 11/13/2012 10:57:34 AM PST by Cyman
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To: billorites

Post-election Purge.


16 posted on 11/13/2012 10:59:20 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: billorites

What the heck is going on with all these generals?

here is a question for you military FReepers - how many of those four star generals do we have in total?


17 posted on 11/13/2012 10:59:22 AM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Almost as if they are planning something......getting rid of any American patriots and replacing them with loyalists to the administration. Should we be afraid?


18 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:03 AM PST by Toespi
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To: billorites; onyx; MestaMachine; Protect the Bill of Rights; penelopesire; hoosiermama; SE Mom; ...

“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, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Panetta stripped Gen. William ‘‘Kip’’ Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite arguments from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against the demotion. Ward also has been ordered also repay the government $82,000.”


19 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:18 AM PST by maggief
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To: billorites

Obama is clearing the way to promote homosexuals.


20 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:56 AM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: billorites
Too bad Obama wasn't military. We could get rid of him for all the Wookie’s spending.
21 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:56 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: billorites

Post-election Purge.


22 posted on 11/13/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: bergmeid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_duty_United_States_four-star_officers


23 posted on 11/13/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: maggief

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/6/panetta-paid-17k-860k-commute-california/?page=all

Panetta paid $17K for $860K commute to California


24 posted on 11/13/2012 11:01:31 AM PST by maggief
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To: Arthurio

LOL! Look at how both those guys have performed under obama- they are also pwned


25 posted on 11/13/2012 11:01:48 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: billorites

The beat goes on. Revenge is the word of the day.

Her duties were official. She is his wife and he didn’t sleep with biographers.


26 posted on 11/13/2012 11:01:48 AM PST by dforest
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To: billorites
.....giving him close to $208,802 a year rather than the $236,650 he would get as a four-star."

Wow! As a retired military 05 myself all I can say is what a shame to retire on 208+K. :-(

27 posted on 11/13/2012 11:02:08 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: billorites
Too bad Lyin' Pendejo doesn't have the balls to demote Moochelle.
28 posted on 11/13/2012 11:04:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Toespi

Reminds me of the Stalin purges.....just bloodless......for now.


29 posted on 11/13/2012 11:04:55 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: bergmeid
"here is a question for you military FReepers - how many of those four star generals do we have in total?"

About 5 times as many as WWII. That should answer the question of "whats going on with all these Flag Officers?"

30 posted on 11/13/2012 11:07:58 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: bergmeid

The Army had/has 12 four-star Generals.


31 posted on 11/13/2012 11:08:27 AM PST by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Lazamataz

“Does anyone get reminded of Hitler replacing all the generals of the German army in the Blomberg-Fritsch Affair?”

Yes! A fellow freeper mentioned that on another thread.

I was making comparisons to Fast and Furious and the Third Reich’s false operations Reichstag fire and Gleiwitz incident over a year ago.

We need to mention this on every related thread. Let’s study the Nazi party playbook so maybe we can do someting about our opponent’s next play before it is too late.


32 posted on 11/13/2012 11:09:32 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: billorites

That was my first thought too. But really retiring at more than 200000 a year PLUS getting full medical???? I mean come on that makes the grunts shake their heads.....It is gaudy and ridiculous. They always love spending other folks money.


33 posted on 11/13/2012 11:09:40 AM PST by Nifster
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To: billorites
I know that some like to trash Ulsterman here, but this is right in line with Valerie Jarrett and Co. taking out those that they perceive as their enemies in D.C. We are living in interesting times, sadly.
34 posted on 11/13/2012 11:09:40 AM PST by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: billorites; Travis McGee; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ASA Vet; BIGLOOK; LonePalm; Liz; SierraWasp; ...

There Goes Another One!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewb4jW7T17Q&feature=related


35 posted on 11/13/2012 11:10:07 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Tagline space for rent to pay for some of my extra taxes the next 4 years!)
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former head of U.S. Africa Command

Was he head of AfriCom, and therefore over Libya, during Benghazi?

36 posted on 11/13/2012 11:15:41 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: donna

Hitler used ones like Ernst Rohm (SA head), until it was time to get rid of them. (Night of the Long Knives)

It’s ironic the Nazis trumped up bogus charges about General Fritsch being gay to oust him.


37 posted on 11/13/2012 11:17:38 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: billorites
I served under him in the past and he was a clown.

Here is another thread before the 'purge' meme.

Dempsey opposes demotion of 4-star accused of wasting funds

38 posted on 11/13/2012 11:17:41 AM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: billorites
PSSST... "Lookie here! Lookie here!"


39 posted on 11/13/2012 11:18:46 AM PST by 444Flyer
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To: D-fendr

Gen. Ham (4 Star) was in command of AFRICOM at the time of the attack. BTW he was relieved of that command a few weeks ago. Also, you may find it interesting that the RADM in command of the carrier group in the mIddle East was also relieved around the same time.


40 posted on 11/13/2012 11:32:28 AM PST by WinMod70
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This guy has obviously been reassigned to an O-9 billet and will have to be confirmed in it.

Your statement would be correct if GEN Ward were interested in remaining on active duty. He is not. His intention was to retire at the end of his appointment at Cdr, AFRICOM and he submitted his request for retirement before leaving that billet. He expected to be retired in grade as a four star. The investigation delayed his retirement and he was put on ice pending resolution. In olden days, an adverse finding on an investigation of this sort would result in his retirement in his permanent grade, Major General. However, now the law says that you must retire in the last grade satisfactorily held. Since the charges did not include any offense committed when he was a Lieutenant General, that's the default position.

The recommendation has been sitting on Panetta's desk for several months. Since Ward is Black, Dempsey was paraded out to recommend clemency and retirement as a four star while Panetta let the packet sit on his desk until after the election. This was always going to be the outcome, but it couldn't happen until after the election.

41 posted on 11/13/2012 11:37:53 AM PST by centurion316
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Like lambs to the slaughter.....there are danger signs everywhere and we are enthralled in a sex scandal. I honestly never understood how all the Jews willingly got on Hitlers cattle cars and quietly lined up for the ovens, now I get it.

BEWARE

1. Obama is demanding that we accept the results of a not even concealed stolen election. There are numbers that are so amazing and obvious that it defies comprehension.

2. Obama is lying to us about everything surrounding Benghazi. We are supposed to suspend rational thinking and accept ridiculous theories, that a fifth grader wouldn’t believe.

3. There is a purge of the military exactly one week after the election.

4. A patriotic brilliant General/CIA director has gone down in flames. Obama is pretending he knew nothing about this affair, which any ration thinker would not begin to believe.

5. Obama is ready to appoint Susan Rice as the Secretary of State. A radical unknown who was sent out to openly lie to the American people and to protect Obama.

6. The FBI is conducting search and seizure late evening raids looking for “sex evidence.”


42 posted on 11/13/2012 11:41:07 AM PST by Toespi
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Interesting - the 3rd top general to be “scandalized” in the past 10 days.

What the hell is Obama planning?


43 posted on 11/13/2012 11:41:32 AM PST by PGR88
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To: WinMod70
BTW he was relieved of that command a few weeks ago. Also, you may find it interesting that the RADM in command of the carrier group in the mIddle East was also relieved around the same time.

Sorry, not true. GEN Ham remains in command of AFRICOM. He replaced GEN Ward in that billet, and his replacement has in turn been named, but awaits Senate confirmation. The RADM in question was relieved for other reasons not known to me. However, his flagship, USS Stennis was in port in Thailand on 10 Sep, so his relief had nothing to do with Benghazi.

44 posted on 11/13/2012 11:42:37 AM PST by centurion316
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To: billorites

I think the Ward stuff has been going on for awhile. We did have 500 retired admirals and generals come out for Romney. Could there be some payback to the military? John Kerry as Secretary of Defense? There’s a slap in the face. There’s an old saying, “If you’re going to strike the king, you’d better kill (defeat) him because if you don’t he will kill you.”


45 posted on 11/13/2012 11:42:58 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: PGR88

i thought it was the fourth. How about Gen. Carter Ham from AFRICOM?


46 posted on 11/13/2012 11:49:41 AM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To: billorites
Payback is roaring ahead, full speed ahead!

Remember the little trips Ward's boss was making?

Ward's retirement on 200k+ a year doesn't sound too painfull though.
47 posted on 11/13/2012 11:52:18 AM PST by indthkr
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To: bergmeid

We have 38 Four Stars.


48 posted on 11/13/2012 11:53:29 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: billorites

Before we all spontaneously combust from an orgy of finger pointing, let’s all take a deep breath and consider a simple fact.

This would be the same general that would have automatically greenlighted the Combatant Comander’s In Extremis force when the call for help came in from Benghazi.

The CI force is a dedicated ops unit attached to all Special Forces groups, and it’s usually made up of SEALs and Delta. Their specific directive is direct action counterterrorism. They’re required to maintain a ready status 24/365 - aircraft fueled and on the tarmac, ready to be geared up and en route to target within 25 minutes - and they would have been immediately deployed. Once in the air, they would require cross border authority or be told to stand down... and that order can come from only one man in the world. Not CIA, not State, not the VP or anyone else. You guessed it... that guy is Obama.

This administration is attempting to smear the people who would testify against it if compelled to do so. It’s also an obvious attempt to distract the attention of the typical idiot voter away from Benghazigate.


49 posted on 11/13/2012 11:55:47 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: billorites
Man oh man...the generals are falling like flies. Besides Benghazi, anybody else think this may be tied to the "sequestration" crap coming down the pipe? The major cuts to the Armed Services? Trying to get the public disgusted with the Armed Services?.......The timing is exquisite, isn't it?

FMCDH(BITS)

50 posted on 11/13/2012 11:58:02 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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