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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 wasnt 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 generals 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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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.
Who did this guy think he was?
Nancy Pelosi and her spawn??
Michelle on “Wookie One”?
Hillary and Huma on “Broomstick 2”?
And the purge continues.
She shoulda married a community organizer instead of a solider if she was hoping for free international travel.
did he spend it all on brie cheese and fancy drapes?
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?
Get ready for the SHTF!
“And the purge continues.”
Just as Val Jarret(sp?) said it would. “Revenge!”
Obama is the CIC; he already has absolute control.
Wow. They’re really purging the ‘4 stars’ aren’t they?
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.
Another affirmative action success story.....
Just waiting for the inevitable cries of racism. You KNOW it will happen.
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?
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?
“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.”
Obama is clearing the way to promote homosexuals.
Panetta paid $17K for $860K commute to California
LOL! Look at how both those guys have performed under obama- they are also pwned
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.
Wow! As a retired military 05 myself all I can say is what a shame to retire on 208+K. :-(
Reminds me of the Stalin purges.....just bloodless......for now.
About 5 times as many as WWII. That should answer the question of "whats going on with all these Flag Officers?"
The Army had/has 12 four-star Generals.
“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.
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.
There Goes Another One!
Was he head of AfriCom, and therefore over Libya, during Benghazi?
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.
Here is another thread before the 'purge' meme.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Interesting - the 3rd top general to be “scandalized” in the past 10 days.
What the hell is Obama planning?
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.
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.”
i thought it was the fourth. How about Gen. Carter Ham from AFRICOM?
We have 38 Four Stars.
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.