William E. Ward

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William E. Ward
General Kip Ward November 2009.jpg
Ward as a general in November 2009
Nickname(s)"Kip"
Born (1949-06-03) June 3, 1949 (age 72)
Baltimore, Maryland[1]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1971–2012
RankLieutenant general
Commands heldUnited States Africa Command
25th Infantry Division
Battles/warsOperation Restore Hope
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)

William E. "Kip" Ward (born June 3, 1949)[2] is a former United States Army four-star general who served as the inaugural Commander of United States Africa Command from October 1, 2007 to March 8, 2011. During his long career in public service, he has taught international affairs and relations at West Point, US Military Academy; served as Commander of Stabilization Force, Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia; was appointed the Secretary of State's Security Coordinator to the Israel - Palestinian Authority; Deputy Commander, Headquarters US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany; and many other progressively responsible assignments. He later retired and served as President and chief operating officer of the logistics, IT, and engineering business, Vectrus (fka SENTEL).

Education[edit]

Ward holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morgan State University. While at Morgan State, he was a member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles. Over the course of his military service, he received military education at the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, US Army Command and General Staff College, and US Army War College.

Career[edit]

Ward began his military career as a commissioned infantry officer in June 1971. His command and troop assignments include in chronological order: Platoon Leader, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Rifle Company Commander, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 17th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea; S-4 (Logistics), 210th Field Artillery Brigade, VII Corps, US Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Executive Officer, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, US Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Commander, 5th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2d Brigade, later G-4 (Logistics), 6th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Commander, 2d Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York and Operation Restore Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia; Assistant Division Commander (Support), 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commanding General 25th Infantry Division (Light) and US Army, Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Commander, Stabilization Force, Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His staff assignments include: Executive Officer, US Army Military Community Activity -- Aschaffenburg, US Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Staff Officer (Logistics), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, US Army, Washington, DC; Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, US Army, Washington, DC; Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, National Military Command Center, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, Egypt, American Embassy, Egypt; and Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC.

Prior to assuming command at U.S. Africa Command, Ward was Deputy Commander, Headquarters US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He previously served as the Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. While in this capacity he was selected by the Secretary of State to serve as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel - Palestinian Authority where he served from March through December 2005.

General Ward's awards and badges include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters); the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Expert Infantryman's Badge; the Combat Infantryman's Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge.

After he left U.S. Africa Command, Ward retired at the rank Lieutenant General in November, 2012. He relinquished command of Africa Command to General Carter F. Ham. Before he retired, Ward received the rank of major general and served as a special assistant to the army's Vice Chief of Staff during which an investigation was conducted on his use of official funds.[3] While an official retirement ceremony was held in April 2011, Ward remained on active duty pending a special Army investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense.[3] The investigation ran 17 months and ended with a ruling by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He was not found as being derelict in his duties or for improper performance, but for keeping poor official records of his travel expenses, for unnecessarily extending official trips for personal reasons, and allowing his wife to travel on military aircraft without sufficient justification. Ward then retired with the rank of lieutenant general in November 2012, which was determined to be the last rank in which he had satisfactorily served.[4] Some suspect that the probe was initiated due to other scandals, including Gen. David Petraeus' resignation for having an extramarital affair and improper handling of classified information by giving it to Paula Broadwell as well as Gen. John Allen's improper communications with a married woman.[5]

Career highlights[edit]

Post-military[edit]

Since retiring, Ward has served as President and chief operating officer of the logistics, IT, and engineering business, Vectrus (fka SENTEL).[13]

Ward continues to engage the strategy and policy community on matters of global security, including his participation in the Atlantic Council's 2018 Roundtable on security in Mali[14] and ongoing discussions on the role of diplomacy in global stability, including the American Academy of Diplomacy's podcast series, “The General and the Ambassador".[15] He also speaks to student groups on issues surrounding peace and global security and leadership.

Ward also serves on the Advisory Board of Redwood Global, an infrastructure, energy and investment firm.[16]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Ward received the following awards and decorations:[2][17]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gif Master Parachutist Badge (United States)
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
10th Mountain Division CSIB.jpg 10th Mountain Division Combat Service Identification Badge – SSI-FWTS
9th Infantry Regiment DUI.png 9th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Canadian jump wings.png Canadian Parachutist Wings (Red Maple Leaf / Non-Operational)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)[18]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze service star
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 6.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 6)
Bronze star
NATO Medal for Yugoslavia with bronze service star

William E. Ward received the Trumpet Award in 2010[19] as well as the BEYA award for Lifetime Achievement.[20]

Notable memberships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gen. William Ward". Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  2. ^ a b "S. HRG. 110–370 Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, First Session, 110th Congress" (PDF). Government Printing Office. pp. 1032–1034. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Vandiver, John, "Former AFRICOM chief Ward still on active duty pending probe", Stars and Stripes, May 28, 2012
  4. ^ "Report of Investigation: General William E. Ward, US Army Commander, US AFRICOM". Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Associated Press (November 12, 2012). "General William Ward demoted for lavish travel, spending". Politico.
  6. ^ "Biography Lieutenant General William E. WARD". SFOR Informer.
  7. ^ "USAREUR welcomes Ward as new deputy commander". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  8. ^ Myre, Steven R. Weisman Br / and Greg. "Rice Says Both Sides Commit to Cooperation on Gaza Pullout". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ Erlanger, Steven. "U.S. Presses Israel to Smooth the Path to a Palestinian Gaza". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  10. ^ "Middle East security coordinator named". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  11. ^ "Bush Names Deputy EUCOM Commander to Lead AFRICOM". www.army.mil. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ "United States Africa Command". www.africom.mil. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  13. ^ "SENTEL Leadership". www.sentel.com. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  14. ^ Center, Africa. "Malian Officials Discuss the Security Situation in the Sahel". Atlantic Council. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  15. ^ "G&A Podcast – Episode 5 – The American Academy of Diplomacy". The American Academy of Diplomacy. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  16. ^ "Redwood Global – Board of Advisors". Redwood Global official website.
  17. ^ "Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presents the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to outgoing commander of U.S. Africa Command Army Gen. William Ward during the AFRICOM change of command ceremony at Sindelfingen Stadthalle City Hall in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 9, 2011. Ward, the first commander of AFRICOM, handed over the reins to Army Gen. Carter Ham". Defense.gov News Photos. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  18. ^ "News Listing".
  19. ^ http://www.africom.mil/file.asp?HR=2&ID=20100204115435[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "The United States Army – Page not found". www.army.mil. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Cite uses generic title (help)
  21. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Feature Page – General Ward – Second District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc". www.opp2d.org.
  23. ^ "General William E. (Kip) Ward (U.S. Army Retired)". www.morgan.edu.

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