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Former Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, in a 2008 photo.

Former Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, in a 2008 photo. (U.S. Army)

STUTTGART, Germany — William “Kip” Ward, who served as the first head of U.S. Africa Command, has joined Arlington, Va.-based SENTEL Corp. as a senior adviser, the company announced.

“I am honored to join SENTEL Corporation, and am eager to begin our work in identifying new opportunities for international growth, while expanding upon existing opportunities,” Ward said in a company news release issued Monday. “We are now poised at the brink of an exciting new era for SENTEL, and I am honored that the company’s executive leadership has entrusted me with helping chart the way forward.”

Ward’s military career ended under a cloud of controversy last year in connection with an inspector general’s probe that cited him for misusing government funds and traveling in excessive luxury during his time as the head of AFRICOM. He was subsequently stripped of one star and forced to retire as a lieutenant general .

SENTEL describes itself as a company focused on information technology, intelligence, integrated logistics and engineering services.

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