- Keni Thomas
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Keni Thomas
Img_capt = Keni Thomas in 2006
Img_size = 200
Background = solo_singer
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1996-present
Label = Moraine
Associated_acts = BlackHawk
Vince Gill Emmylou Harris
Keni Thomas is an American
country musicsinger from Columbus, Georgia, United States. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving the armed forces throughout the 1990s until leaving active duty. In addition to recording an independently-released album and charting two singles on the "Billboard" country music charts, he serves as a motivational speaker.
Thomas enlisted in the Army in 1991. Prior to joining the Army he attended the
University of Florida. [ [http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/LOCAL/201140313/1078/news From Somalia to country star: UF grad's story | Gainesville.com | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, FL ] ] He served as a Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment, eventually attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Thomas was a member of Task Force Ranger as a part of Operation Restore Hopein Somalia. A main objective of the Task Force was to capture the elusive Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. One such mission occurred October 3, 1993, when Thomas and fellow Task Force members were involved in the Battle of Mogadishu that was later immortalized in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, for which he was a consultant. He also served as a consultant for the Mel Gibsonfilm We Were Soldiers. After Somalia, Thomas went on to serve as an assistant team leader on Ranger recon teams. His military decorations and achievements include the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as successful completion of the Special Forces Combat Diver course and the Belgium Commando course.
Youth counselor and speaker
Upon leaving active duty service, Thomas worked as a youth counselor. He also became a speaker, giving presentations to various audiences across the United States.
Thomas soon formed the band Cornbread and began his career in music by performing with the band in and around
Columbus, Georgia. After several album releases, Thomas and Cornbread released the album "Flags of Our Fathers", with the artist listed as Keni Thomas. Thomas donates some of the proceeds to the Hero Fund, which directs those funds to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization created to provide college scholarships and financial aid to the children of fallen Special Operationssoldiers.
As Keni Thomas
*2003 - "Hero Fund".
*2004 - "Flags of Our Fathers: A Soldier's Story"
*2008 - "Gunslinger"
*1996 - "Following Ceres".
*1998 - "Headspace and Timing".
*2000 - "No Place Like Home".
External links and sources
* [http://www.kenithomas.com Official Keni Thomas website]
* [http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060114/LOCAL/201140313/1078/news Somalia to country star: UF grad's story]
* [http://www.premierespeakers.com/2161/index.cfm Keni Thomas biography at Premiere Speakers Bureau]
* [http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/17/Hillsborough/For_the_love_of_heroes.shtml St. Petersburg Times article on Keni Thomas]
* [http://www.playgroundsmag.com/122007playgroundsall.pdf December 2007 edition of Playgrounds Magazine, featuring an interview with Keni Thomas]
* [http://www.specialops.org Special Operations Warrior Foundation]
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