Here is a look at the life of Tommy Franks, retired four-star Army General.
Personal: Birth date: June 17, 1945
Birthplace: Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Birth Name: Tommy Ray Franks
Father: Ray Franks, a mechanic
Mother: Lorene Franks
Marriage: Cathryn (Carley) Franks, (1969-present)
Children: Jacqueline (Franks) Matlock
Education: University of Texas, Arlington, B.B.A., 1969-1971 (summa cum laude); Armed Forces Staff College, 1973-1976; Army War College and Shippensburg University, 1984; Shippensburg University, M.P.A., 1985
Military Service: U.S. Army (1965-2003)
Other Facts: Grew up in Midland, Texas and attended Robert E. Lee High School, the same high school as Laura Bush.
Franks is adopted.
Served three tours in Vietnam, and rose through the Army ranks to become commander of U.S. Central Command.
Timeline: 1965 - Joins the Army.
1967 - Is commissioned as a second lieutenant as a graduate of the Artillery Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
1967-1968 - Vietnam, 9th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery: serves as Forward Observer, Aerial Observer, and Assistant S-3. Also served with the 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry as Fire Support Officer.
1968 - Cannon Battery Commander, Fort Sill, Artillery Training Center.
1973 - Commander of the 1st Squadron Howitzer Battery and Squadron S-3, Second Armored Calvary Regiment, West Germany. Also commands 84th Armored Engineer Company and serves as Regimental Assistant S-3.
1976 - Pentagon, Investigations Division, Army Inspector General.
1977 - Executive Assistant, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army and serves on the Congressional Activities Team.
1981 - Commander, 2nd Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, West Germany.
1987 - Commander and Chief of Staff, Division Artillery, First Calvary Division, Fort Hood Texas.
1990-1991 - Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Assistant Division Commander, First Calvary Division.
1991-1992 - Assistant Commandant of Field Artillery School at Fort Sill.
1995-1997 - Commander, Second Infantry (Warrior) Division, Korea.