When political leaders show support for men like American hero, Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, it says a lot about their willingness to stand up to confront this country’s real threats. The state of Maryland has a mayor in Ocean City who has demonstrated that willingness.
Via The Dispatch:
The commander of the infamous Black Hawk Down has been announced as this year’s Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast speaker.
Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Director Bruce Spangler expressed excitement this week about Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin of the US Army, retired coming to Ocean City next month.
“Talking to people that know this guy, they say he’s a soldiers-soldier … he isn’t somebody that lives from behind but is upfront leading,” Spangler said.
Boykin’s distinguished military career began in 1971 when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry from Virginia Tech. From there, he served more than 24 years in the Joint Special Operations, he was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force, and a former commander of the Green Berets.
Spangler appears to have no interest in seeing Boykin parsing his words either:
“He is an expert on Islamic history,” Spangler said.
Ultimately, Boykin has served as the commander of the US Army Special Forces Command and as the commandant of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He served six years in Intelligence and was a member of the National Security Policy Coordinating Committee for Terrorism and Coordinating Sub-Group for Homeland Security.
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Jan. 26 at the Clarion Hotel, which is a little later than normal but was the first available date for Boykin to participate.
“Our speaker for this year’s 22nd annual event is in much demand throughout the country and has been seen on all major networks, as recently as last week. He has an exciting testimony that you do not want to miss,” Spangler said.
This year the event will also last a little longer than normal giving Boykin plenty of opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with those in attendance. The event begins at 7 a.m. sharp and will end promptly at 9:15 a.m.
Spangler, a retired Ocean City police officer, said the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast began in 1990 and was originally held at the Dunes Manor, which the event quickly outgrew. There are usually anywhere from 350 to 500 people who attend.
If you’re in a position to attend this prayer breakfast, the Shoebat Foundation encourages you to do so.