Mogadishu Mile: Remembering The Battle of Mogadishu
In 1981, the leader of Somalia was overthrown. The following warfare destroyed Somalia’s agriculture and spread disease throughout the country. In 1992 US Troops were sent into Somalia to assist the UN with humanitarian relief. In 1993, Task Force Ranger arrived in Mogadishu. The goal was to capture Mohammed Farah Aidid.
October 3, 1993
Intelligence indicates that two of Aidid’s top lieutenants are holding a meeting in the Black Sea area of Mogadishu. Both assault force and helicopter force depart and assault commences on target. A rocket propelled grenade hits and disables one of the trucks in the convoy. Helicopter gunships provide cover for a critically wounded Ranger. Super 61 is shot down by an RPG and crowds of Somalis advance toward the crash site. Twenty minutes later Super 64 is hit by an RPG and subsequently crashes. The Quick Reaction Force (consisting of elements from 2-14 INF of the 10th Mtn. Division) arrive to assist. They team up with Pakistani and Malaysian forces to convoy to crash sites. On the morning of October 4, 1993 the convoy departs with some personnel on foot due to lack of space. By mid morning personnel is accounted for at the Task Force Ranger Compound.
Great references regarding the battle: The Battle of Mogadishu: Firsthand Accounts from the Men of Task Force Ranger or In the Company of Heroes: The True Story of Black Hawk Pilot Michael Durant and the Men Who Fought and Fell at Mogadishu
Remembering the Battle of Mogadishu
Several groups across the country find ways to remember 19 soldiers lost in the Battle of Mogadishu. One such group is Masada Tactical. Established in 2007 to provide law-enforcement, military, corporate security, and civilians with training in Israeli-based tactics. Masada Tactical’s principals, all graduates of special operations units with the IDF share the values, mission, and dedication to win the mission that the US Special Operations community exhibits. Having trained multiple police agencies and military units, Masada Tactical is proud of its relationships with its American counterparts. Another is an annual Mogadishu Mile 5K in Columbus, GA and virtual run. Both events will have a portion of proceeds going to support GallantFew’s Darby Project with the mission to facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
2017 will be the forth year Masada Tactical is organizing and running the Maryland Mogadishu Mile. Over the past three years the event has grown in size, complexity, and the amounts raised for
US military and veteran aid non-for-profit organizations. The event began as a personal mission to assist those the principals of Masada Tactical met and work with in the USA. Initially, The event was met with some resistance from those in the community who thought the event was taking advantage of their tragedy for personal gains. Masada Tactical is proud to have been able to not only prove that their hearts are in the right place, but now have many of those who resisted us initially join us in making the event successful. Proceeds support Darby Project and Warrior 360.
This year Masada Tactical’s Mogadishu Mile (Sunday, October 1, 2017. Start time: 1030) will fall under “official” Mogadishu Mile events that is being coordinated to synergize the activities and to provide as much support going back to the legacy of the units affiliated with Task Force Ranger. The location is Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore County, MD. Register for the Maryland Mogadishu Mile event here.
The official Mogadishu Mile 5K (Saturday, September 30, 2017. Start time: 5:30) is held in Columbus, Georgia to the benefit of 2nd Hooah Foundation (with direct support to 3rd Ranger Battalion activities fund). The official Mogadishu Mile virtual run will also benefit 2nd Hooah Foundation and Darby Project. Register for the official Mogadishu Mile event 5K of virtual event here.
Few events show, at least publicly, the tenants on which special operations rest. From dedication to the mission to the care and love to our warrior brothers, the battle of Mogadishu shows what these warriors are made of. Masada Tactical’s Tzviel (BK) Blankchtein admits, “Over the years we had the pleasure of meeting and working with many members of the US Special Operations community, and especially the 75th regiment and 160 SOAR. We are proud to call them friends and are honored to be able to help them any way we can”. He continues to shares, “On a personal note, the events of the Battle of Mogadishu took place one month before I enlisted and greatly affected my decision to go the special operations route.”
Other Noteworthy Items to Mention
GallantFew’s Run Ranger Run participants who would like to participate in Mogadishu Mile may receive $5 off registration by using code RRR5 at checkout. In solidarity with Mogadishu Mile, Run Ranger Run will offer $5 off registration to Mogadishu mile participants as well once registration opens.