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Demoting a four-star general for spending misconduct could be harsh and would force the officer to lose as much as $1 million in retirement pay, the Army’s top military officer said Monday, noting that a lower-level officer would never be asked to pay such a high price.

Gen. Raymond Odierno’s comments came as Army and Pentagon leaders are weighing the potential punishments for former Africa Command head Gen. William “Kip” Ward. One of the leading considerations for discipline being recommended is for Gen. Ward to reimburse the government more than $100,000 he spent on lavish travel and other expenses, according to one senior defense official.

From wire dispatches and staff reports