"We all came to peace with it -- if I die here, I die here. But I'm not going to let it happen to the guys around me. That's what it became about. We weren't fighting for the flag, or the nation or freedom. I wasn't even thinking about my family. All I thought about was that I wasn't going to let anything happen to the guy on my left and the guy on my right."
– U.S. Army Ranger Keni Thomas, Task Force Ranger
Commemorate 30 years since the battle in Somalia that resulted in the ultimate sacrifice of 18 U.S. servicemen, including two Delta Force snipers who were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. This Challenge honors the men of Task Force Ranger (3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta; and 10th Mountain Division) their courage and sacrifice on 3/4 October 1993 to achieve mission success, albeit at great cost. Expect a history lesson and a timeline re-enactment of the mission that inspired Black Hawk Down.
Cadre Pog (pronounced “pawdge”) is a retired Marine Raider sniper and semi-professional pirate. After an exciting but exhausting career of swashbuckling and plundering the seven seas, Cadre Pog has settled down to be a parent of young children and sought the serenity of retirement by becoming a lawyer. Accompanied by his fur missile, Cloud, Cadre Pog enjoys long walks on the beach and thrashing GRT’s.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian peninsula, Arctic Circle, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe.
Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course
MARSOF Advanced Sniper Course
MARSOF Close Quarters Battle Course
MARSOF Breacher Course
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Black Belt
Space Shuttle Door Gunner Course