By Mustafa Kazemi
Kabul (November 14) – The US Government has recently been facing multiple cases of its military general’s misconduct that led the government to investigate the Generals.
Following the resignation of General David Petraeus the (Former) Director of Central Intelligence Agency, today the US Department of Defense announced that it is authoritatively retiring, demoting, and fining the US African Command AFRICOM Commander General William Ward.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered that General Ward should be retired after being demoted to Lieutenant General (O-9) from the rank of full General.
“Secretary Panetta has decided that General William E. Ward (O-10), former commander of U.S. Africa Command, should be retired at the grade of Lieutenant General (0-9)” Pentagon Spokesperson George Little said.
US Defense Department says that the “Department of the Army will also seek to recoup roughly $82,000 in expenses stemming from Gen. Ward’s misconduct in travel, misuse of military aircraft, misuse of staff, and the receipt of reimbursements to which he was not entitled.”
In June 2012, the Department of Defense Inspector General issued a report of investigation substantiating that Gen. Ward had engaged in numerous substantiated acts of misconduct related to misuse of government funds during his tenure as commander of U.S. Africa Command. Since departing U.S. Africa Command, by operation of law Gen. Ward reverted to the grade of Major General (0-8) and is currently serving as a special assistant to the Army vice chief of staff in that grade.
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