Former Army Ranger Keni Thomas will be among the keynote speakers at MWFPA’s 115th annual convention, December 3-5 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
The highly successful movie “Blackhawk Down” was based on Thomas and his Army company’s mission in Mogadishu, Somalia where he and his fellow Rangers distinguished themselves in an 18-hour firefight.
Drawn from his experiences in Mogadishu, Thomas stresses the importance of leadership, training and teamwork. His message of “Train as you fight – Fight as you train and Lead By Example” epitomizes the Army Ranger motto “Rangers Lead the Way!”
After his soldiering days were over, Thomas headed to Nashville to pursue his music career. He quickly established himself as an award-winning recording artist and songwriter in Nashville. He and his band, “Cornbread,” were featured in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” and his music can be heard on country stations nationwide.
He is a regular guest on all the major news networks as a military analyst and was also a military advisor for the Mel Gibson movie, “We Were Soldiers.” He has been recognized by the President of the United States, by Congress and has been awarded the American Patriot Award.
But he is most proud of is his appointment as national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation that provides college educations to the children of special operations personnel killed in combat or training.
Thomas is a recipient of the bronze star for valor.