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General William E. "Kip" Ward
Posted By: Patrick Dailey on January 22, 2008

General William E. "Kip" Ward, USA is Commander, U.S. Africa Command, the first officer to hold this position. General Ward previously served as Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command. General Ward was commissioned into the infantry in 1971. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Army War College. He holds a M.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University. His military service includes overseas tours in Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosnia, Israel, two tours in Germany, and a wide variety of assignments in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. He assumed his current assignment on October 1, 2007.

His command assignments include:

* 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
* 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 U.S. Army, Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
* Commander, Stabilization Force, Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia

His staff assignments include:

* Executive Officer, U.S. Army Military Community Activity – U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Aschaffenburg, Germany
* Executive Officer, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, 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, U.S. Army, Washington, DC
* Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, National Military Command Center, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC
* Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, American Embassy, Egypt
* Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC

Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. While in this capacity he was selected by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel - Palestinian Authority where he served from March 2005 through December 2005.


General Ward’s awards include:

* the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
* the Distinguished Service Medal
* the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
* the Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
* the Defense Meritorious Service Medal
* the Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
* the Joint Service Commendation Medal
* the Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
* the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
* three Joint Meritorious Unit Awards
* the Master Parachutist Badge
* Canadian Parachutist Wings (Red Maple Leaf / Non-Operational)


* Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
* National Society of Pershing Rifles

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Good going greek.. In fact , very good going from a membe of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.. You have chartered a path for those interested in the Military and military science...keep telling your story..
Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 1:34PM
Good going greek.. In fact , very good going from a membe of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.. You have chartered a path for those interested in the Military and military science...keep telling your story..
Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 1:34PM
Good going greek.. In fact , very good going from a membe of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.. You have chartered a path for those interested in the Military and military science...keep telling your story..
Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 1:34PM
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