In the summer of 1993 Sergeant Keni Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu Somalia with the 3rd Ranger Battalion as part of an elite special operations package called Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to find a capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aideed. On the 3rd of October, Keni and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an eighteen hour fire-fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie “Blackhawk Down”. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII.
A powerful speaker, Keni captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Drawing from his experiences on the battlefield, Keni inspires people to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself. His message of "Train as you fight - Fight as you train and Lead By Example" epitomizes the Ranger motto “Rangers Lead the Way...
GET IT ON! WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD THE WAY
TRAIN AS YOU FIGHT, FIGHT AS YOU TRAIN
90 MINUTE BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (used in conjunction with keynotes)
TRAINING AND HANDS-ON PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
I just wanted to thank you for your words of inspiration and the time you spent with my team last Thursday. They are still talking about the impact of your message. Here is a quote...sent to me this morning: “The time spent with Keni renewed my spirit, faith, and most of all my Ranger creed.... I literally hit the ground running this morning with eyes wide open feeling great and ready for battle.” Thank you for your willingness to share such a personal (and painful) part of your life. You touched us all; we will never forget you and the time you shared with us!
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