General Carter F. Ham

General Carter F. Ham, Former Commander (March 2011 - April 2013)

United States Africa Command General Carter F. Ham, Former Commander (March 2011 - April 2013)

General Carter F. Ham commanded U.S. Africa Command from March 9, 2011 until April 5, 2013 when he was succeeded by General David M. Rodriguez.

His previous assignment was Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.

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 includes 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 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.

Media Releases for General Carter F. Ham, Former Commander (March 2011 - April 2013)

U.S. Africa Command Welcomes New Commander 4/5/2013
AFRICOM Change of Command General David M. Rodriguez assumed command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from General Carter F. Ham, Friday, April 5. Full Story
East African Security Forces Host Inaugural Special Operations Conference 2/11/2013
East African Security Forces Host Inaugural Special Operations Conference Across east Africa, the use of Special Operations Forces as a means to enhance the capability to protect civilians is a growing trend. Each nation has a unique mission and purpose for its SOF Full Story
AFRICOM Commander Addresses Concerns, Potential Solutions in Mali 1/24/2013
General Ham at Howard University The commander of U.S. Africa Command today shared lessons learned from what he called shortcomings in the U.S.-Malian training program which have contributed to turmoil in the African nation. Army Full Story
TRANSCRIPT: General Ham Discusses U.S. AFRICOM objectives and Africa security issues at Brown University 12/19/2012
The U.S. military is not an independent actor in Africa, and its efforts support larger U.S. government objectives and shared security interests with African partners, according to General Carter Full Story
General Ham Urges Cadets to Manage Change, Stay with Bedrock Values 10/24/2012
The U.S. military is a learning and growing entity, and young officers must be flexible enough to lead their organizations, the commander of U.S. Africa Command told ROTC cadets here on October 22, Full Story
Obama Nominates Rodriguez as Next Africa Command Chief 10/19/2012

President Obama has nominated Army General David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army General Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, October 18, Full Story

Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe Visits AFRICOM Headquarters 9/29/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo U.S. Africa Command welcomed Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe to the command headquarters at Kelley Barracks on Monday, September 24, 2012. Trovoada is the first African Full Story
Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes Shares Parting Thoughts at AFRICOM 9/14/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo In his last days as U.S. Africa Command's civilian deputy, Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes shared some of the highlights and challenges of his past three years, focusing particularly on the Full Story
Ham: National Guard Essential to Africa Command 9/13/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo The National Guard is essential to U.S. Africa Command, the combatant commander said in Reno, Nevada Monday, September 10, 2012. "We in Africa Command rely on members of the Army and Air National Full Story
Panetta Strongly Condemns Benghazi Attack 9/13/2012
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta condemned yesterday's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in the "strongest possible terms," a senior government official said today.
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