GET IT ON! WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD THE WAY
IN STORES OCTOBER 1
(Aug 15) Former Army Ranger and country music star Keni Thomas has opened for such country stars as Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, but on October 1, he will put down his guitar and give a personal account of his heart-wrenching experience in the chaotic 1993 Black Hawk Down battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. With the desire to express a unique set of leadership lessons and inspired view of our greater purpose, Thomas will unveil his first memoir Get It On! What it Means to Lead the Way (B&H Publishing Group).
“Three words. That’s all it took. I was writing a letter home to my mom when the call rang out across the American compound: ‘Get it on!’ And just like that, the course of my life changed forever,” describes Thomas.
With the Bronze Star of Valor from the U.S. Army, the Army-Ranger turned-country singer brings a message of inspiration reminding readers that as individuals every person matters and are anything but ordinary and can make a difference in the world no matter where they are in life.
“If everyone can start setting an example, start leading by example, start doing something here and there, then as a whole exponentially we make the world a better place to live in,” says Thomas. “You are the most important part of the puzzle and you have to see yourself as being the most important part because you are, and that is what I want people to know at the end of the day.”
Thomas is a long-tme supporter of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and will be performing at the foundation’s “Tribute to Special Operations Forces” Sept. 11th in Tampa.
Praise for Keni Thomas’ book:
“Get It On! is a moving account of courage and faith under fire. True leadership is about the example we set. Keni has an impressive way of convincing you that this is a principle we should all live by.” -Hal Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees
“The leadership principles Keni shares through his story Get It On! are directly aligned with the core values of our organization. To Lead is to Serve. The USO is proud to call Keni Thomas one of our own.” -Sloan Gibson President of the USO
“Here he has created an engaging and inspiring tutorial, applying those lessons to the battles of everyday life…” -Mark Bowden author of Black Hawk Down
“If you are a veteran, you need to read this book. Keni shows us that the principles of leadership we learned when we wore the uniform still apply to us all out here in the real world. ”
-Lt Col Oliver L. North, USMC (Retired)
About Keni Thomas:
Keni Thomas, a former Army Ranger, was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor from the United States Army and fought the Black Hawk Down battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. He has since become an award-winning country musician, appeared in the major motion pictures Sweet Home Alabama and We Were Soldiers, and is the spokesperson for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Hero Fund. Keni also speaks to students and adults around the country about leadership, encouraging them to “Train as you fight. Fight as you train.” The country music star will unveil his first memoir Get It On! What it Means to Lead the Way (B&H Publishing Group/ISBN: 978-1-4336-7274) on October 1, 2011. It will be available nationwide with the retail price of $19.99.
Re-posted from Special Operations Warrior Foundation