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CNN: Two-star U.S. general in Africa is fired

baker1WASHINGTON (CNN) — Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired March 28, a Washington defense official disclosed Thursday.

The reason for the highly unusual action were not immediately disclosed.

The command is headquartered in Djibouti and runs U.S. military operations in East Africa, including some counter-terrorism operations.

Baker, a two-star general, is appealing the firing, which was ordered by his boss, Gen. Carter Ham, the commanding general of all U.S. military operations across Africa.

The official declined to be named, because Baker’s appeal is still under way.

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29 Comments to “CNN: Two-star U.S. general in Africa is fired”

    Jack said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Wow, Carter Ham, sounds like a new food dish-lol

    Iam Apatriot said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Clearing out those who oppose the Obama regime. Enough said.

      triane02 said:
      April 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      I agree with you 100% He has to get rid of all the opposition to carry out some of the idiot plans he has for the US>

        art said:
        April 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

        I'll bet you know all about "idiot plans." Your daily "idiot plan" is undoubtedly to watch more FUX News propaganda. Somebody coming to take your gun too? Anyone who repeats the crap that comes out of FUX or Limbaugh are more of an idiot than FUX thinks they are.

          Dorento said:
          April 5, 2013 at 6:18 AM

          Wonder what kind of USofA you will find when you pull your head out of the sand? It seems to be buried pretty deep, so may take a while.

    mikekerr said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    If you have the balls to fire a 2 star general, you should have the balls to tell why!!!! The military and the government- politicians don't understand the leadership role that people other than the politicians play. If he did something wrong, tell us, if he is just another pawn in the game of politics, do your jobs as politicians, he did his for years or he wouldn't be a 2 star general. It is almost a corp move, he was not doing his job, after 15 years of faithful service he just quit doing his job????

      jack n off said:
      April 5, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      probly same as mcrystal , if i was a joint chief or a general we would already be at war with the white house except the military would be on the civillians side xD

      James said:
      April 5, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      You obviously never served. I seen flag officers go to jail and had a C.O. that was convicted of murdering his wife. Also you may or may not remember the local Navy Captain that committed suicide several years ago that took the easy way out instead of facing charges. Officers some times get into trouble just like enlisted.

      bob said:
      April 5, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      arm chair QB take note more is lost by not replacing someone than sticking with the plan.even if you knew all the facts would you make the same decision? and yes in the USA military a 2 star is a pawn,and you do as ordered. or start a coup i am sure that is what the trolls would like?

    Steve said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    triane02 aka misguided troll, why don't you look at the allegations against this general whether true or not instead of automatically assuming that the president called for this directly. Please hurry up and go to hell and make this place a better country for all of us.

      Brian said:
      April 5, 2013 at 4:46 AM

      Steve….. As a 31yr Army member and Army Officer you really need to CURVE your Words… Obviously a tactful respectful response is not a part of your Blind-Blog Statement you posted with no face to face to back up your unprofessional and crude comments.

      Whatever the General did he has the right to the legal process afforded him under UCMJ. General officers don’t just fall off of the “’Band Wagon” one day and start breaking rules… Something happened and in time the truth always ALWAYS comes out.

        Mike said:
        April 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        This administration is adverse to the truth, ft. Hood is Work place violence, the death of an ambassador in libya was because of a movie only two people viewed. We still do not know why the commander of a deployed carrier battle group was relieved 9 monhs ago. Do you need more exampels?

    The Boss said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I'll look into this and make a recommendation..-..

    Jim said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    and how do you know idiot?

    Snow Dog said:
    April 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Now he'll never get his third star. It must not be a minor infraction or else he failed to kiss butt, it's hard to say if they don't give a reason.

      thtop said:
      April 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Officials said Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday and he was fined a portion of his pay by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative hearing and review. The officials said Ham lost confidence in Baker’s ability to command

    ttop said:
    April 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Offirelieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges, defense officials said Thursdaycials said Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday and he was fined a portion of his pay by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative hearing and review. The officials said Ham lost confidence in Baker’s ability to command
    relieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges, defense officials said Thursday

    Guest said:
    April 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Clearly the Brain Project has born fruit. The loyalty scan has detected someone with less than adamant responses.

    willit said:
    April 5, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    didn't obey he's 1st general order.

    Larry said:
    April 5, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    The ignorant responces from those who believe the Obama administration to totally responsible for this action are probably the same folks who ran to Canada when called by the local draft boards to serve their country during the Viet Nam war – nothing but a bunch of blow-hard loud mouthed cowards who seem to believe they have the right to rule the world.

      Tim said:
      April 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Larry, I do not think that your comments are very fair. This administration is purging itself of top ranking military leaders, there must be a reason? I have not seen this many ousted ever.

    Socrates said:
    April 5, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Obama crew is purging. What does that indicate is coming ?

    gg thegreat said:
    April 5, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Yo Slade-get bac to the ghetto.more-on!

    James said:
    April 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    As usual it involved sex and alcohol..
    http://www.navytimes.com/article/20130404/NEWS/30

    Repogirl said:
    April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Affairs at the top is NOTHING NEW people. Whether they are Presidents, Generals or CEOs. Stop turning everything into a conspiracy theory. If you are on the wrong side of politics and have high visibility..keep it in your pants!

    Mentalist said:
    April 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    You are having paranoid delusions and need to seek professional help. Good luck with your treatment.

    guest said:
    April 6, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I worked under ham in AFRICOM. All that man did was fire people. He's one of thiose types that will keep beating his head against the wall andbelieves the wall will come down if he keeps it up….

    estherf said:
    April 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    They don't know how to tell the real truth. Less alone do they know how to be real.

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