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military officer

Tommy Ray Franks was American military officer. Decorated Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with 3 oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star medal with V device and 4 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with 2 oak leaf clusters; named Knight Commander of the British Empire, 2004, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2004.


Franks, Tommy Ray was born on June 17, 1945 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, United States.


Bachelor of Business Administration, University Texas, Arlington, 1971. Master of Science in Public Administration, Shippensburg University Pennsylvania, 1985. Graduate, Armed Forces Staff College.

Graduate, United States Army War College.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1967, advanced through grades to general, 2000. Commander 2d battalion 78th Field Artillery 1st Armored Division, Germany, 1981-1984. Deputy assistant chief staff G3 III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, 1985-1986.

Commander division artillery 1st Cavalry Division, 1987-1988, chief staff, 1988-1989, assistant division Commander Operation Desert Shield-Storm, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, 1990-1991. Assistant commandant United States Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1991-1992. Director Louisiana Maneuvers Task Force, Office Chief of Staff United States Army, Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1992—1994.

Assistant chief staff C3/J3/G3 United Nations and combined forces command United States Forces Korea, 8th United States Army, 1994—1995. Commander second infantry division, 1995-1997. Commander 3rd United States Army Fort McPherson, Georgia, 1997-2000.

Commander United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, 2000—2003, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2001—2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003. Board directors Bank of America Corporation, 2006—2009.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Malcolm McConnell): (memoir) American Soldier, 2004 (Publishers Weekly Bestseller).


Married Cathryn Carley, March 22, 1969. 1 child, Jacqueline Franks Matlock.

Cathryn Carley

Jacqueline Franks Matlock Franks