Petraeus gives commencement at Officer Candidate School

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, was in town Thursday for Fort Benning's Officer Candidate School graduation of 152 newly minted second lieutenants.

Such events typically don't draw top brass, but one of the graduates, 2nd Lt. Peter Sprenger, has long-standing ties to Petraeus.

Sprenger, 26, served under Petraeus in the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. On Dec. 9, 2003, he was 10 months into his first deployment when an insurgent detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Sprenger lost his right eye in the attack.

He is the only known soldier on record with one eye to have completed Ranger School, a feat he accomplished in 2005.

"I'm not aware of any other one-eyed Ranger school graduates," Petraeus said. "Or of any one-eyed OCS graduates."

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