Tickets are available for the Four Star Leadership Awards Banquet set for July 14

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class John Wayne Walding
Retired Sgt. 1st Class John Wayne Walding

Retired Sgt. 1st Class John Wayne Walding will be the keynote speaker during the Four Star Leadership Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Gaylord University Center on the Oklahoma Christian University campus.

The event is open to the public and tickets are available through July 11.

The banquet will recognize outstanding student performance exhibited during the week-long Four Star Leadership with Gen. Tommy Franks program and serves as a fundraiser for the program.

Walding will share his inspirational story of service and perseverance as keynote speaker during the banquet. Walding lost his leg due to a sniper round in Afghanistan while serving as a Green Beret, and later returned to the 3rd Special Forces Group where he went on to become the first amputee to graduate the sniper course through Special Forces as well as compete in marathons and build a business. His story is detailed in the book “No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.

Tickets to the banquet are $45 and can be bought online through July 11 at FourStarLeader.com/4SLBanquet or by calling (580) 276-5900. Corporate and table sponsorships are also available.

“Four Star Leadership is a one-of-a-kind program focusing on the development of today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders,” said retired Gen. Tommy Franks. “We invite members of the public to enjoy dinner and the program as we recognize the 2022 Four Star Leadership Class at our annual awards banquet.”

The 2022 Four Star Leadership class includes 69 students from around the world. Attendees have a chance to earn more than $30,000 in college scholarships as well as gain internships and receive letters of recommendation.

Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks is a leadership program developed as a partnership between the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and Oklahoma Christian University. Since 2008, Four Star Leadership has welcomed more than 841 U.S. high school students from 46 different states and 57 international students.

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