General Tommy Franks Offers Advice to MacDill Grads

June 28, 2004

Gen. Tommy Franks addressed138 graduates at the Saint Leo University MacDill Center commencement ceremony on June 26 at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa, Fla. The University also granted Gen. Franks an honorary degree in recognition of his distinguished military career. Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, P.A. led the invocation and introduced the General.

Gen. Franks retired in 2003 after 36 years of military service, most notably serving as Commander in Chief, United States Central Command. Prior to being promoted to four-star general and Commander in Chief, United State Central Command, Gen. Franks was the commander of the Third U.S. (Patton’s Own) from 1997 to 2000. Some of his awards include the three Defense Distinguished Service Medals with “V,' three Purple Hearts, and Air Medal with “V,' an Army Commendation Medal with “V,' and numerous U.S. and foreign service awards. He wears the Army General Staff Identification Badge and the Aircraft Crewmember’s Badge.

The commencement ceremony recognizes degree candidates from the University’s locations at MacDill Air Force Base, serving military personnel and civilian students for 30 years. The degree candidates have fulfilled the requirements for the following degrees: bachelor of arts in business administration, criminology, elementary education, human resources administration, psychology, and sociology; bachelor of science in computer information systems; and associate of arts in liberal arts.