General William Kip Ward Biography
The United States Army General William E. Ward was born on June 3rd 1949 in Baltimore town, Maryland. In 1971, He attained a B.A degree in Political Science at Morgan State University. General William Kip Ward started showing his ambition to join the military force by joining 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. The report also showed that the general went to the extreme of paying for a $750 suite in Bermuda on unofficial occasion. There were other extra costs of prolonged trips that were discovered in his spending.
However, it was not going to be an easy task for the Washington secretary Panetta to demote the general. William Kip Ward was left with few choices such as to pressure the general to retire being a three star lieutenant General or to be soft hearted and let William E. Ward to retire as 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. During the retirement day, the commander in chief awarded General William E. Ward with a distinguished Service Medal as well as a military services. 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. these personality will always be remembered for the roles that they played.