Carter Ham

Carter Ham

General Carter F. Ham, USA, (born February 16, 1952) is the current Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe. He previously served as Director for Operations (J-3) at the Joint Staff from August 2007 to August 2008 and the Commanding General, U.S. 1st Infantry Division from August 2006 to August 2007. He assumed his current assignment on August 28, 2008.

General Carter F. Ham served as an enlisted Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division before attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (Army ROTC) in the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1976. He later received his master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island as well as graduating from several military schools including the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the College of Naval Command and Staff of the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is a member of the John Carroll University ROTC Hall of Fame. He was born in Portland, Oregon and he and his wife, Christi, are both John Carroll University graduates.

General Ham's early assignments included service at Fort Knox, Ky. and tours of duty in Italy and Germany. After graduating from the Armor Officers Advanced Course, he was a Recruiting Area Commander in Lima, Ohio. In 1984, he served with a joint service unit in support of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

From 1984 until 1989, General Ham served as Assistant Inspector General, then as Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer with the Opposing Force at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. He attended the Naval College of Command and Staff, graduating with distinction in 1990, and was then assigned to the US Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga.

He served a tour as an advisor with a Saudi Arabian National Guard Brigade in Riyadh then returned to Fort Benning, where he was the executive officer for the Infantry School. General Ham commanded the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry in Vilseck, Germany including a six month tour with the United Nations Protection Forces in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Following battalion command, he was the Senior Observer/Controller of the Timberwolf Team at the Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany.

He graduated from the Air War College in 1997 then returned to Germany where he served as G3 then Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division. From 1999 to 2001 he commanded the 29th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning then was assigned to United States Central Command serving in Tampa, Fla. and in Qatar. General Ham was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for Training and Readiness, I Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash. in August 2003. In January 2004, he assumed command of Multinational Brigade - North in Mosul, Iraq serving there until February 2005.

Returning from Iraq, General Ham served as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations on The Joint Staff. General Ham assumed command of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. in August 2006 and served as the Commanding General until July 2007. He most recently served as the Director for Operations, J3, The Joint Staff.


John Carroll University - B.A. - Political Science
Naval War College - M.A. - National Security and Strategic Studies

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Training Officer, II Reserve Officer Training Corps Region, 4th Basic Combat Training Brigade1976 Section Leader, Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne Combat Team)1977-1978 S-1 (Personnel), 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry, 4th Infantry Division1978-1979 Commander, C Company, 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry, 8th Infantry Division1979-1981 Student, Armor Officer Advanced Course1981-1982 Lima Area Commander, Columbus District Recruiting Command1982-1984 Detachment Commander, Forward Military Support Element, 1984 Summer Olympics1984 Assistant Inspector General, National Training Center1984-1986 S-3 (Air), 6th Battalion (Mechanized), 31st Infantry1986-1987 Executive Officer, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 52d Infantry1987-1989 Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College1989-1990 Executive Officer, United States Army Infantry School1990-1993 Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division1993-1995 Senior Task Force Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Combat Maneuver Training Center1995-1996 Student, United States Air Force Air War College1996-1997 Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division1997-1999 Commander, Infantry Training Support Brigade, 29th Infantry Regiment1999-2001 Deputy Director, J-8, United States Central Command2001-2003 Deputy Commanding General for Training and Readiness, U.S. I Corps, including deployment to Iraq2003-2005 Deputy Director for Regional Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff2005-2006 Commander, 1st Infantry Division2006-2007 Director for Operations (J-3), The Joint Staff2007-2008 Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe2008-present

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