By Phil Berube, 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 03, 2016
Air Force JROTC Cadets Cole Cutner (left) and Jack Wright pose with retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks at the Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks program held in Hobart, Oklahoma, July 9-15, 2016. The cadets were two of only 67 U.S. and international high school students selected to attend the prestigious program. (Courtesy photo)
Two Air Force JROTC cadets from Utah were selected to attend the Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks program held in Hobart, Oklahoma, July 9-15, 2016.
Cadets Cole Cutner and Jack Wright from Dixie High School, St. George, Utah, were among only 67 U.S. and international students selected to attend the weeklong leadership camp. Students are chosen based on demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding character.
Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks is a partnership between the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and Oklahoma Christian University. Each organization is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders and to the Four Star Leadership mission of developing the kind of leaders who can solve problems and communicate solutions that will propel the world to greater peace, prosperity and mutual respect, according to the program’s website.
Col. Bobby Woods, director of AFJROTC, said “We are so proud of Cadets Cutner and Wright for their selection to this great camp as well as the other students. We know our cadets learned a great deal and represented the Air Force very well. This was certainly an opportunity of a lifetime and will be an experience they will never forget and will help to make them better citizens and leaders for our nation.”
Retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks last served as the commander of U.S. Central Command from 2000 until his retirement in 2003. He led the invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of the country’s president, Saddam Hussein, in 2003.
Students selected to attend the program have a chance to earn more than $15,000 in scholarships and gain internships and receive letters of recommendation.