Factbox: General Carter Ham

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Since the U.S. started using the military in Libya, much focus has been on the Commander of the U.S. African Command Carter Ham. Here is a little bit about this four star general.

* Is a part of a rare breed of generals who started out as an enlisted soldier.

* Was previously the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and the 7th Army.

* Was in charge of the Pentagon's study of how the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would affect the troops.

* Was also in charge of the investigation on the Fort Hood Shootings.

* Currently in charge of the U.S. African Command and the U.S. military actions in Libya.


* Attended John Carroll University where he graduated with a political science degree and a distinguished military graduate from the ROTC Program.

* Armor Officers Advanced Course.

* Attended the Naval College of Command and Staff where he graduated with distinction.

* Also graduated from the Air Officer's War College.

Positions Held

* Recruiting Area Commander.

* Battalion Executive Officer for The National Training Center.

* Adviser to the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

* U.S. Army in Europe Commander.

* Enlisted soldier in the 82nd Airborne Infantry.

* U.S. Army Assistant Inspector General.

* Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry.

* Chief of Staff for the 1st Infantry.

* Commander of the 29th Infantry Regiment.

* Commander of the Multinational Brigade for Northern Iraq.

* Deputy Director for regional operations in the Pentagon.

* Commander, 1st Infantry Division.

* Director of Operations, Joint Staff.

Some of Gen. Ham's Awards and Decorations

* Army Distinguished Service Medal.

* Defense Superior Service Medal along with three oak leaf clusters.

* Bronze Star Medal.

* Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters.

* The Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Personal Information

* Born on Feb, 16, 1952.

* His father was a Naval Officer who had to leave the military early because of an injury and began teaching at the Naval Academy in Rhode Island where he met Ham's mother.

* Carter Ham is one of five children.

* Married to Christi Ham, a former teacher, principal and advocate for military families.

* Carter and Christi met while at John Carroll University where she was a year ahead of him.

* Has a daughter Jennifer who is married to Army Capt. Kyle Burns.

* Has a son, Jonathan, who graduated from the University of Georgia and is married.

* Can speak fluent German.

* Spoke openly about his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from a deployment to Iraq in 2005.

Lauren Finnegan graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in political science and has an insider's perspective on the military because of her role as a military wife who has lived around the country.

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