Carter Ham

United States General
Born Feb 16, 1952

Carter F. Ham is a United States Army general, who serves as the second and current Commander, U.S. Africa Command. In that position, he has been in command of the initial 2011 military intervention in Libya. Ham previously served as Commanding General, 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.… Read More

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  • Ranking Member Elijah Cummings Blasts Chairman Darrell Issa About Trip To Libya To Investigate Benghazi – See Letter
    Fox News - Sep 20, 2013
  • Former Military Head Says It Was Quickly Clear Terrorists Behind Benghazi Consulate Attack
    Fox News - Jul 23, 2013
  • Michael Shank: Barack Obama's Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep On Continent
    Huffington Post - Jun 22, 2013
  • Nick Turse: The Terror Diaspora
    The Huffington Post - Jun 18, 2013


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1952 Birth Born on February 16, 1952.


1965 13 Years Old 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.


1974 22 Years Old 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.
1976 24 Years Old He was commissioned, as an infantry officer, as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1976. … Read More


1984 32 Years Old 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.
1990 38 Years Old 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. … Read More


1997 45 Years Old 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.
1999 47 Years Old From 1999 to 2001 he commanded the 29th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, then served as Deputy Director, J-8, United States Central Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida and in Doha, Qatar, during which time he was selected for promotion to Brigadier General. … Read More


2004 52 Years Old In January 2004, he assumed command of Multinational Brigade (Task Force Olympia) – North in Mosul, Iraq serving there until February 2005. … Read More
2006 54 Years Old 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. … Read More
2010 58 Years Old 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.
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As commander of Africa Command, he led Operation Odyssey Dawn, the initial U.S. role in the 2011 military intervention in Libya. … Read More


2012 60 Years Old Ham was in overall command of military forces when the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks were launched on the American consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. … Read More
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