I was curious about this Gen. Ham. Here is just a small bit on what I found on him...... General Carter F. Ham Commander, United States Africa Command
General Carter F. Ham served as an enlisted Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division before attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was commissioned in the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1976.
His military service has included assignments in Kentucky, Ohio, California, Georgia, Italy and Germany to name a few. He has also served in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Macedonia, and Iraq.
He has held a variety of positions to include Recruiting Area Commander; Battalion Executive Officer at the National Training Center; Advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard Brigade; Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry; Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division; Commander, 29th Infantry Regiment; commander, Multi-National Brigade, Mosul, Iraq; Commander, 1st Infantry Division; Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC.
His previous assignment was Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.
His military education includes the Armor Officers Advanced Course, Naval College of Command and Staff, graduating with distinction, and the U. S. Air Force’s Air War College.
General Ham's awards and decorations include Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
General Carter Ham…the man to take the Obama regime down…but will he
Posted by Diane Sori on June 26, 2013@DianeSori
By: Diane Sori
Point blank…four-star General Carter Ham answers directly to the President of the United States and NO one else…he does not work for the State Department and did NOT work for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the fateful night of September 11, 2012.
And today, General Ham testifies before the House Oversight Committee at a ‘closed door’ hearing scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. this morning (too bad the ‘in-the-pocket’ for Obama msm seems to be keeping that hush-hush). As the head of AFRICOM when our Benghazi compound was under attack, General Ham knows exactly what happened, and most importantly, he knows who gave the order to ‘stand down’…the order directly leading to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Inform Officer Sean Smith, and ex-Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.
And General Ham knows, because while the attack was going on he just ‘happened’ to be in D.C. for meetings, and just ‘happened’ to be in the National Military Command Center, the war operations center in the Pentagon.
General Carter Ham, the man who became a four-star general in August 2008 (under Obama’s watch)…AFRICOM commander forced to retire (just a few years shy of his mandatory retirement date) from a post with a three-year rotation after only serving for one and a half years, and with his replacement put in charge right on the heels of the Benghazi attacks… and replaced with General David Rodriquez (became a four-star general in September of 2011, again on Obama’s watch) who only served in his previous position (Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command) for 14 months instead of the usual three year rotation schedule…a bit odd if you ask me as this position is based out of the US, a desk job really, and AFRICOM takes in nations that are at the center of the world’s most dangerous hot spots.
But NO matter as NOTHING can change the fact that to issue an order to ‘stand down’ there’s a certain military protocol that’s followed when an attack like Benghazi occurs…a specific chain of command for allowing special-forces to go in and rescue or aid our people. And that chain would have started with SOCAFRICA commander Lieutenant Colonel Gibson who would have first contacted a desk officer, asking for that permission. The desk officer would then have to call Marine Corps Colonel George Bristol, commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara. Then Col. Bristol would have to contact Rear Admiral Brian Losey, then Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, who then would have to contact the aforementioned General Ham, commander of AFRICOM, for the final go order.
This would be the chain of command designated by military protocol…but was this chain of command actually followed…or did Obama make that ‘stand down’ call himself or directly order General Ham to make it after the initial Benghazi briefing, because he knew a rescue team would wanted to be sent in. And I believe Obama knew that he could NOT let that happen, because Ambassador Stevens could NOT be allowed to survive with the information Obama suspected Stevens had discovered about his guns and weapons running to the al-Qaeda backed Syrian rebels.
Conspiracy theory on my part…NO I don’t think so for the pieces of the Benghazi puzzle are starting to fit together…and fit together for the simple fact that if there was NOTHING to hide why then all the cover-ups…why did Obama continue to lie to the American people for weeks about the true nature of Ambassador Stevens’ murder when NOT even an hour into the attack the CIA identified the attack as a coordinated terrorist effort of al-Qaeda operatives…why the lies…why the subterfuge…and why all of a sudden is scandal after scandal being lobed at Obama…lobed at Obama to divert our attention away from the truth about Benghazi as none of the other scandals can lead to Obama’s downfall…that designation goes to Benghazi alone.
Remember also that whistleblower Greg Hicks testified before the committee that special forces were ready to board a plane in Tripoli, and that even after they got word that Stevens was dead, Hicks said, “The Libyan military agreed to fly their C-130 to Benghazi and carry additional personnel to Benghazi as reinforcements,” including US Special Forces, but that a call came through from Special Operations Command Africa saying, “you can’t go now; you don’t have authority to go now.” Also, Special Forces in Italy, less than one hour or so away, suited up and ready to go, were told to wait, or got NO orders at all.
And so three more Americans were murdered after Stevens because of that ‘stand down’ order,
and like I said there is only one person who can give that order, and that is the President of the United States.
But we must know NOT only who gave that order but the truth of why was such an order given in the first place…why were four Americans left to be slaughtered by islamic terrorists while help was close by for being left to be slaughtered is as much blood on this president’s hands as if he pulled the trigger that slaughtered our people himself.
I think I hit on that answer pretty well (guns and weapons smuggling to Syria), and that answer is indeed grounds for treason to be levied against Barack HUSSEIN Obama NOT only for ‘aiding and abetting the enemy’ but also for dereliction of duty.America has a long and honorable history of never leaving people behind, and by willfully and knowingly doing so, as Commander-in-Chief of our military, Barack HUSSEIN Obama can be charged with dereliction of duty…a
specific offense under United States Code Title 10,892. Article 92, saying that in times of war punishment can include sanctions up to and including the death penalty, and that in and of itself is reason enough for all the lies and cover-ups I would say.
Remember, Obama had plenty of time to call General Ham at AFRICOM…hell, he just had to make a local call to Ham at the Pentagon…and issue the ‘stand down’ order without any witnesses, because for all intents and purposes, after he took the original call from the Department of Defense, Obama was absent when the major part of the attack was going on…claiming he had to get ready for his trip to a Las Vegas fundraiser the next morning, telling his people to ‘handle it’.
But the bottom line remains that General Ham knows the truth about everything that happened that night…but will he talk…will he end an illustrious military career taking the fall for Barack HUSSEIN Obama or will payback be a b*tch for this miserable excuse of a president and those who orbit around him…those who forced this man into retirement to try and silence him.
It can go either way but which way is the million dollar question that hopefully will be answered today…and answered with the groundwork being laid for a charge of treason to be brought against Barack HUSSEIN Obama.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carter F. Ham
[th]Carter F. Ham[/th]
Ham in March 2011
|February 16, 1952 (age 62)|
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
| United States of America|
| United States Army|
[th]Years of service[/th]
|U.S. Africa Command|
U.S. Army, Europe
U.S. 1st Infantry Division
|Persian Gulf War|
Operation Able Sentry (Macedonia)
Libyan Civil War
|Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
(born February 16, 1952) is a former United States Army general, who served as the second Commander, U.S. Africa Command. In that position, he was in command of the initial 2011 military intervention in Libya.
Ham previously served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army from August 28, 2008 to March 8, 2011. Prior to that, he served as Director for Operations (J-3) at the Joint Staff from August 2007 to August 2008 and the Commanding General, U.S. 1st Infantry Division from August 2006 to August 2007, and during the Balkan crisis in the mid 1990s was the commander of "Operation Able Sentry" in Macedonia.
3 Dates of rank
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Views
4 Major duty assignments
5 Decorations and badges
6 Image gallery
8 External links
Early life and education
Ham was born on February 16, 1952 in Portland, Oregon, and attended Charles F. Brush High School. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the John Carroll University, as well as an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He received the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth in 1965 and was bestowed the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2012 from the Boy Scouts of America.
Ham speaking to reporters during a press briefing at the Pentagon in October 2005.
Ham in 2006.
Ham being sworn in as the commander of USAREUR by Michael Mullen in August 2008.
Ham enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1974 and served two years as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division before being accepted in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (Army ROTC) while attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was commissioned, as an infantry officer, as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1976. He later received his master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island as well as graduating from several military schools including the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the College of Naval Command and Staff of the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is a member of the John Carroll University ROTC Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Christi, are both John Carroll University graduates.
Ham's early assignments included service at Fort Knox, Kentucky and tours of duty in Italy and Germany. After graduating from the Armor Officers Advanced Course, he was a Recruiting Area Commander in Lima, Ohio. In 1984, he served with a joint service unit in support of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
From 1984 until 1989, Ham served as Assistant Inspector General, then as Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer with the Opposing Force at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. He attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, graduating with distinction in 1990, and was then assigned to the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
He served a tour as an advisor with a Saudi Arabian National Guard Brigade in Riyadh as part of OPM-SANG then returned to Fort Benning, where he was the executive officer for the Infantry School. Ham commanded the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry in Vilseck, Germany including a six-month tour with the United Nations Protection Forces in the Republic of Macedonia. Following battalion command, he was the Senior Observer/Controller of the Timberwolf Team at the Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany.
He graduated from the Air War College in 1997 then returned to Germany where he served as G-3, then Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division. From 1999 to 2001 he commanded the 29th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, then served as Deputy Director, J-8, United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida and Qatar. Ham was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for Training and Readiness, I Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash. in August 2003. In January 2004, he assumed command of Multinational Brigade (Task Force Olympia) – North in Mosul, Iraq serving there until February 2005. During his time in Iraq, Ham suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which was caused by his attending the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing at a mess hall. He later sought treatment for his condition and publicly encouraged other soldiers to do the same.
Returning from Iraq, Ham served as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations, J-3, on The Joint Staff. Ham assumed command of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas in August 2006 and served as the Commanding General until July 2007, returning to The Joint Staff as Director for Operations, J-3. On August 28, 2008, Ham became the 34th Commander of the United States Army Europe headquartered at Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany. In 2010, General Ham served as co-chair for the comprehensive review of issues associated with the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The U.S. Senate, in November 2010, confirmed Ham's nomination to become the next Commander of U.S. Africa Command, headquartered at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany.
He assumed the post on March 8, 2011.
Ham was in command of U.S. forces enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone, along with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear.
Described as "in charge of the coalition effort", Ham on March 21, 2011 "said there would be coalition airstrikes on Colonel Qaddafi’s mobile air defenses and that some 80 sorties – only half of them by the United States – had been flown on Monday."
Admiral Locklear, aboard the flagship Mount Whitney
, has tactical command of the Operation Odyssey Dawn joint taskforce.
"General Ham also said he had “full authority” to attack the regime’s forces if they refused to comply with President Obama’s demands that they pull back from Ajdabiya, Misrata and Zawiya," according to one report. Earlier, he said that the United States was not working with the Libyan rebels. “Our mission is not to support any opposition forces,” Ham said by video feed to the Pentagon from his headquarters in Stuttgart.
After a normal 24-month tour of duty
as Commander, U.S. Africa Command, General Ham was succeeded by General David M. Rodriguez.
General Ham retired in June 2013.
Ham was quoted in an online Washington Post
article by Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock, posted on October 1, 2012, that, as saying, that, as a result of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's overtaking and capturing more territory in Mali in Africa, and possessing arms from Libya after the Libyan Civil War which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, there is the possibility of the U.S. assisting, but not leading, counterterrorism operations done by other countries. A more radical step would be the use of drones.
While speaking about the Chinese presence that was "everywhere" in Africa, Ham expressed an appreciation for the economic competition between China and the U.S. in Africa, observing that China was "very good at infrastructure development -- roads, bridges, airports, government buildings and the like -- constructed by the Chinese in -- which greatly benefits the African people."
Dates of rank
[th]Second lieutenant[/th][th]First lieutenant[/th][th]Captain[/th][th]Major[/th][th]Lieutenant colonel[/th]
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[th]June 2, 1976[/th][th]June 2, 1978[/th][th]August 1, 1980[/th][th]June 1, 1987[/th][th]September 1, 1992[/th]
[th]Colonel[/th][th]Brigadier general[/th][th]Major general[/th][th]Lieutenant general[/th][th]General[/th]
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[th]April 1, 1998[/th][th]October 1, 2003[/th][th]February 1, 2005[/th][th]August 1, 2007[/th][th]August 1, 2008[/th]
Major duty assignments
|Training Officer, II Reserve Officer Training Corps Region, 4th Basic Combat Training Brigade||1976|
|Section Leader, Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne Combat Team)||1977–1978|
|S-1 (Personnel), 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry, 4th Infantry Division||1978–1979|
|Commander, C Company, 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry, 8th Infantry Division||1979–1981|
|Student, Armor Officer Advanced Course||1981–1982|
|Lima Area Commander, Columbus District Recruiting Command||1982–1984|
|Detachment Commander, Forward Military Support Element, 1984 Summer Olympics||1984|
|Assistant Inspector General, National Training Center||1984–1986|
|S-3 (Air), 6th Battalion (Mechanized), 31st Infantry||1986–1987|
|Executive Officer, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 52d Infantry||1987–1989|
|Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College||1989–1990|
|Executive Officer, United States Army Infantry School||1990–1993|
|Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division||1993–1995|
|Senior Task Force Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Combat Maneuver Training Center||1995–1996|
|Student, United States Air Force Air War College||1996–1997|
|Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division||1997–1999|
|Commander, Infantry Training Support Brigade, 29th Infantry Regiment||1999–2001|
|Deputy Director, J-8, United States Central Command||2001–2003|
|Deputy Commanding General for Training and Readiness, U.S. I Corps||2003–2004|
|Commander, MNB North (Task Force Olympia) (Mosul, Iraq)||2004–2005|
|Deputy Director for Regional Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff||2005–2006|
|Commander, 1st Infantry Division||2006–2007|
|Director for Operations (J-3), The Joint Staff||2007–2008|
|Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army||2008–2011|
|Commander, United States Africa Command||2011–2013|
Decorations and badges
|Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)|
|Defense Superior Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)|
|Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster)|
| ||Bronze Star Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster)|
| ||Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)|
|Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with three oak leaf clusters)|
| ||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Superior Unit Award (with oak leaf cluster)|
|National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal (with service star)|
|Iraq Campaign Medal (with two service stars)|
| ||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
| ||Armed Forces Service Medal|
| ||Army Service Ribbon|
| ||Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 3)|
| ||Polish Army Medal in Gold|
| ||United Nations Medal|
| ||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
| ||Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
| ||Combat Action Badge|
| ||Expert Infantryman Badge|
| ||Basic Parachutist Badge (United States)|
| ||Ranger Tab|
| ||Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
| ||United States Africa Command Badge|
| ||I Corps Combat Service Identification Badge|
| ||6th US Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
| ||4 Overseas Service Bars.|
Ham as brigadier general.
[*]"S.Hrg 111-896 Nominations before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 111th Congress". March 23 .. November 18, 2010. Check date values in:
[*]Brook, Tom Vanden (November 25, 2008). "General's story puts focus on stress stemming from combat". USA Today
. Gannett Co., Inc. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
[*]"General (Retired) Carter F. Ham". Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), United States Department of Defense. 7 November 2013. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014.
[*]"General Carter F. Ham: Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe (biography)". U.S. Army Europe. February 2011. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012.
[*]Bumiller, Elisabeth, and Kareem Fahim, "U.S.-Led Assault Nears Goal in Libya", The New York Times
, March 21, 2011 (March 22, 2011 p. A1 NY ed.). Earlier web version titled: "Qaddafi Forces Hold Strategic Town as Allied Attacks Continue." Retrieved 2011-03-21.
[*]MacAskill, Ewen, and Nick Hopkins, “Libyan operation hampered by confusion and dispute: Lack of resolution over who will take control of military operation tests patience of US”, The Guardian
21 March 2011 18.59 GMT. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
[*]Scarborough, Rowan (7 November 2012). "Head of Africa Command not forced out". The Washington Times
. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012.
[*]"General Carter F. Ham, Former Commander (March 2011 - April 2013)". U.S. Africa Command. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013.
[*]Miller, Greg; Whitlock, Craig (October 1, 2012). "White House secret meetings examine al-Qaeda threat in North Africa". The Washington Post
. The Washington Post Company.
[*]"General Ham at the Chatham House, London". Africom.
[*]Generał Carter F. Ham w Polsce
(photo) – wp.mil.pl
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