Keni Thomas
Keni Thomas
  • Ranger in the "Blackhawk Down" Mission
  • Award-winning country music artist
  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation
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Biography

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...

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Video: Fox News Boston 2013
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Video: Positive Side of LIfe Interview
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Video: Book LETS GET IT ON
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Studio Interview with Brian Lord

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GET IT ON! WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD THE WAY
The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way. Leadership is the core of every skill developed as...
TRAIN AS YOU FIGHT, FIGHT AS YOU TRAIN
Special Op training is based on this principle: You are only as good as your preparation. When the...
90 MINUTE BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (used in conjunction with keynotes)
“In forty hours I shall be in battle, with very little information, and on the spur of the moment...
TRAINING AND HANDS-ON PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
“gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier” /i...

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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!

Christine, CDW

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