April 8, 2013 - Issue: Vol. 159, No. 45 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 1st Session
RETIREMENT OF GENERAL CARTER HAM; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 45
(Senate - April 08, 2013)
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[Page S2452] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RETIREMENT OF GENERAL CARTER HAM Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, today I honor an exceptional warrior. After a lifetime of service to our Nation, GEN Carter F. Ham is retiring from the U.S. Army and his current position as Commander of the U.S. Africa Command. On this occasion I believe it is fitting to recognize General Ham's years of uniformed service to our Nation. General Ham has served and led at all levels in the Army. He began his career as an enlisted infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division and he retires as a theater level commander. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH in 1976. General Ham's distinguished military service has taken him all over the United States, Italy and Germany. Prior to his current command he served as the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe. During these last 24 months as Commander, U.S. Africa Command, he has led combat operations to oust a tyrant, coordinated economic and infrastructural development programs to improve conditions on the ground, and orchestrated international security cooperation activities aimed at strengthening the abilities of American and African forces to deal with the range of complex challenges facing the continent. These were no small tasks and all the while he continued to make the well- being of our service men and women his highest priority. I can think of no better leader to have had carrying the guidon! Our Nation and our international partners will feel the loss of this distinguished soldier and statesman. I join many members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in expressing my respect and gratitude to General Ham for his outstanding service to our Nation. The strength of our Nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our soldiers. Thank you, General Ham, for your service as a soldier and general, and for keeping our Nation Army Strong! I wish him and his wife Christi ``fair winds and following seas.'' ____________________