Thursday, April 21, 2011

OS91 attends Chaplain Jeff Struecker Event, guests of COL Danny McKnight

Left to Right: COL McKnight, Linda McKnight, Chaplain Jeff Struecker
Mary and Ed Ganster
Chaplain Jeff Struecker, Major, U.S. Army (Ret.) was special guest speaker last evening at 1st Baptist Church Cocoa. OS91 attended this special Event as guests of COL Danny McKnight, U.S. Army (Ret.), who was the Ranger Ground Commander of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu memorialized in the movie and book Black Hawk Down. Chaplain Jeff, a decorated member of the U.S. Army Rangers having fought in every U.S. initiative since Panama including many tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke about serving under COL McKnight during the Battle of Mogadishu and how inspired he was, since at that time in his career, COL McKnight did not have to be engaged in battle.

Chaplain Struecker spoke about his struggle to overcome fear and face death in the heat of the Battle of Mogadishu. The only way was through Jesus Christ. Peace came when he turned his life completely over to the Lord, and subsequently Jeff successfully led his men through about 8 hours of battle and back to the safety of camp. For the next 24 or so hours, Jeff was bombarded with questions from his men: "what do you have that I am missing?". It was at that point in his life that he knew he was called to serve at an even deeper level... as an Army Chaplain.

In 2011 he retired from the Army and is now an Associate Pastor in Columbus, Georgia. We invite you to visit his website: And to read his new book, The Road to Unafraid, and other Titles:

A special Thank You to COL Danny McKnight for his invitation to OS91 to meet Chaplain Jeff, who is now very excited to partner with OS91 to distribute Psalm 91 cards and books!

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