Heroes Breakfast 2016
Friday, September 9
Omni Hotel – Nashville
Registration and Networking begins at 7:30 am
Breakfast Program from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Book Signing at 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker is Keni Thomas, U.S. Army Rangers Veteran and author of the book, Get It On! What It Means to Lead the Way. In his book, Keni gives a personal account of his heart-wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of leadership lessons and inspired view of life’s greater purpose.
Author Keni Thomas served as a member of the Bravo Company of the 3rd Ranger Battalion. Sgt. Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu Somalia as part of a special operations package called Tasked Force Ranger (TFR). Their mission was to find and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aideed. Outnumbered 10 to 1, the men of TFR distinguished themselves in an 18-hour fire fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Blackhawk Down where 10 Americans died and 78 were wounded. After leaving the Army, Keni pursued his music career and now works full-time as an award winning Nashville artist. Immediately after the breakfast program, Keni will sign copies of his book.
Special Guest, Lieutenant General Rex C. McMillian assumed the duties of Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Forces Northern Command in 2015. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he graduated from the University of Southern California and was commissioned in 1980 via the Platoon Leaders Class program. Lt. Gen. McMillian completed flight school in 1982 and has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours during his career in numerous platforms. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Commander for Reserve Affairs, assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. His secondary responsibility was a Threat Assessor for NORAD and NORTHCOM. In addition to his military service, Lt. Gen. McMillian is a Captain for Delta Air Lines and has been a career airline pilot since 1989.
Master of Ceremonies, Dan Thomas earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology at Penn State. While there, Dan joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed his military service in the fall of 2000 as a captain, leading a 15-person organization in weather operations. After his time in the military, Dan began his full-time career in television as the morning meteorologist in Arkansas, chasing and tracking severe thunderstorms. After moving to New Orleans in 2003, Dan earned “First Place for Breaking Weather” from the Louisiana Associated Press in 2004 for his coverage of Hurricane Frances. Most notable was Dan’s coverage leading up to and during Hurricane Katrina. In May 2009, Dan was certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Today, Dan is thrilled to be a part of Nashville’s WSMV weather team.
Tables of 10 are $1,000. Individual Tickets are $100 each.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2016 Heroes Breakfast,
contact Lori Ogden at (615) 248-1981 ext 106.