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American First Republican Club Movie Night
November 30 @ 6:30 pm
The America First Republican Club is proud to show the movie “Black Hawk Down’ with special guest, Keni Thomas, who was on the ground during this operation. Keni will be joining us by Zoom to share his first hand experiences and to answer questions.
No cost to attend, but donations to support the club are appreciated
Thursday November 30
12995 S. Cleveland Ave,
Fort Myers FL 33907
Starting at 6:30PM
Keni Thomas Bio
Keni Thomas, the son of one of our LCREC members, was an Army Ranger, is a narrator, motivational speaker, accomplished musician, and extraordinary story teller.
In the summer of 1993 Staff 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 and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aidid. 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 “Black Hawk Down”.
Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII.
After Mogadishu, Staff Sergeant Thomas volunteered for one more enlistment in the Army. He became an assistant team leader for a six-man ranger reconnaissance team. He earned his master parachutist rating with over 400 military free fall jumps. He completed the Special Forces Combat Diver course, became an Advanced EMT and was one of ten Americans to complete the Belgium Commando Course.
Keni got out of the Army to pursue his music career and became an award-winning country music 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.
Keni continued to serve our troops with regular tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Keni Thomas is a best-selling author, an Emmy-winning producer, and a regular guest on all the major news networks as a military analyst. Keni was a military advisor and appeared in 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 for his dedicated work on behalf of our veterans and their families. Keni is most proud of his appointment as a national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. They provide college educations to the children of our special operations personnel killed in combat or training. Keni is a graduate of the University of Florida and a recipient of the bronze star for valor.
The America First Republican Club hope you join us for this special night. Feel free to share this with others.