Make sure you plan to attend the 3:15pm session on September 30 of the NASCIO Annual Conference. You won’t want to miss Army Ranger, Keni Thomas deliver his keynote on “Train as your Fight – Fight as you Train and Lead by Example.”
A powerful speaker, Thomas captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and they fought to bring each other home.
In the summer of 1993, 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 capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aideed. On the 3rd of October, Thomas and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an 18 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 combat seen by US troops since WWII.
Keni sums up his experiences like this: “Leadership has never been about the rank or position you hold. Its about the example you set. There are people to your left and to your right who are counting on you and its up to you to deliver. But you will only be as good as you prepared yourself to be.”