Gen. Tommy Franks Retiring

May 22, 2003
Posted at: 12:49 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON -- Defense General Tommy Franks reportedly is retiring.

Defense officials say the commanding officer of the U.S. Central Command has decided to turn to private life.

Sources say the general who led America into war in Afghanistan and Iraq now is considering writing a book and hitting the speech circuit.

Only two weeks ago, Franks reportedly had turned down a promotion. He'd been mentioned for the position of the U.S. Army chief of staff.

But at that time, Franks also was reported to have turned down the job and mentioned the possibility of retiring.

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