General William “Kip” Ward (pictured), who was once the head of the U.S. Africa Command, has been demoted for spending lavishly on travel and other unauthorized purchases that amount to $82,000 the Pentagon said Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News.
Ward was stripped by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta of one of his four stars, which means that he will be relegated to the status of a three-star lieutenant-general when he retires. As far as his retirement salary is concerned, Ward, who would have made $236,650 as a four-star general, will receive a cut in pay of $30,000 for his demotion. He is also ordered to repay the feds the monies that he reportedly squandered.
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The case involving Ward comes on the heels of the recent scandals that have rocked the military with regards to their higher-up officers. Retired Army General David Petraeus resigned as CIA director because of an extramarital affair and Marine General John Allen was being investigated for potentially improper communications with a woman.