Keni Thomas has released his first memoir, Get It On! What it Means to Lead the Way. The book is a personal account of his experience in the 1993 Black Hawk Down battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. He wrote his story with the desire to express a set of leadership lessons he learned on what had started off as a day off and an inspired view of our greater purpose.
“Three words,” he said. “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,”
A recipient of the Bronze Star of Valor from the U.S. Army, Keni is a former army ranger. In his book, he reminds readers that every person matters, are anything but ordinary, and can make a difference in the world regardless of their station 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,” Keni said. “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.”
Keni is also sharing his story on the Black Hawk Down Middle East Tour presented by Armed Forces Entertainment. He is accompanied by fellow rangers Danny McKnight, Charlie Manis and Howard “Mad Max” Mullen Jr. as the group meets and greets soldiers and shares their stories. Keni also performs. On the tour since September 27, the tour wraps October 7.
Keni also speaks and entertains active military men and women overseas as well as Fortune 500 companies, students and churches. He has appeared to share his story on national television programs like Good Morning America, NBC Dateline, CNN Headline News and MSNBC’s Hardball.
Watch this clip of Keni as he explains why he is sharing his story.