November 14, 2012
Former Commander, U.S. Africa Command, to Retire at Lower Rank for Misuse of Gov't Funds
A DOD news release states General William E. Ward (O-10), former commander of U.S. Africa Command, should be retired at the grade of Lieutenant General (0-9) in light of substantiated claims he misused approximately $82,000 in government equipment and funds.
In June 2012, the Department of Defense Inspector General issued a report of investigation substantiating that Gen. Ward had engaged in numerous 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.