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Baker relieved of duties as Task Force-Horn of Africa commander

The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has been fired for misconduct.

Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker was relieved of his duties on March 28, according to U.S. Africa Command spokesman Benjamin Benson.

Gen. Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, lost confidence in Baker's ability to lead, but the command isn't releasing any further details at this time because the alleged misconduct is being appealed, Benson said.

"The allegations remain under adjudication, so it would be inappropriate to comment at this time," he said.

Baker assumed command less than a year ago last May.

This incident follows on the heels of the former AFRICOM commander, Gen. William "Kip" Ward, getting stripped of a star in November after accusations that he spent thousands of government dollars on personal, luxury travel while in charge of the relatively new command. He was allowed to retire as a three-star, but he had to reimburse the Army $82,000.

McCloskey.megan@stripes.com

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