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). After completing the degree at the university, Ward did not kill his ambition to join the military and this motivate him to learn more at 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.
However, General Ward was demoted by the then Washington Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on claims that embezzled military funds and ended up channeling then for family and personal use. This led him to undergo an early retirement. 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 report showed that the general went an extra mile in allocating his wife a military car for her personal lifestyle. Also, the former General used the government funds to pay for a $750 suite in Bermuda. He was also noted to have extended his trips from time to time, especially those based in the U.S. on personal reasons and this led to a significant increase in costs.
However, it was not going to be an easy task for the Washington secretary Panetta to demote the general. 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 worst thing happened when the general was temporarily dropped with a two star ranking on his name due to the delay in his investigations. 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. On the other hand, his wife ended up receiving the Department of the army appreciation Award as well as the Army Civilian Distinguished Service award. After retirement, the general decided to help a number of children foundations.
William E. Ward will be praised by many American citizens for his courage, prowess and role that he played in serving his military and nation at large. The article describes the roles that this official which will always be remembered for in the country.