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Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. Central Command
Mon. March 26, 2007 at Redondo Beach 8:00 pm
Tues. March 27, 2007 at Thousand Oaks 8:00 pm
Wed. March 28, 2007 at Pasadena 8:00 pm

With quiet modesty and the wisdom gained from three decades of service to his country, Gen. Tommy Franks became known as the leader who can get the job done. Franks led a coalition of more than 60 nations — and 250,000 troops —in Afghanistan and Iraq, winning admiration and accolades. Combining resources and personnel from vastly different cultures and backgrounds and organizing them towards a common goal requires extraordinary leadership skills – and Franks’ skills as a leader come battlefield-tested.

Franks faced and overcame some of America’s greatest challenges, from the attack on the USS Cole to the devastation of 9-11 and subsequent conflicts. A boots-in-the-mud trooper who first served in Vietnam, Gen. Franks has been awarded countless medals and citations, including three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.