U.S. Army Special Forces former commander keynote speaker

Lt. General William Boykin shares welcomes sold-out crowd
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Approximately 750 people attended South Placer County?s National Day of Prayer Breakfast held at William Jessup University on Thursday, May 3. The popular breakfast featured keynote speaker, Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William ?Jerry? Boykin, former Commander of the elite U.S. Army Special Forces. Roseville City Councilman and Chairman of the event, John Allard welcomed the sold out crowd to the regions seventh annual prayer breakfast event. Representatives from the surrounding community came to pray on behalf of our government, public safety, military, media, business, schools, churches, families and youth as well as the less advantaged. Keynote speaker Boykin addressed the crowd and delivered his inspiring testimony weaving stories of his personal experiences while serving as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Boykin participated in the invasions of Grenada and Panama in 1983 and 1989 respectively, accepted the surrender of Manuel Noriega in Panama, and headed the chase to capture Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar in 1992. In 1993, he clashed with Muslim warlord Osman Atto in Mogadishu, Somalia, chronicled in the film Black Hawk Down. LTG Boykin ultimately served as the Commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and as the Commandant of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He also served six years in Intelligence (two with the CIA) and was a member of the National Security Policy Coordinating Committee for Terrorism and Coordinating Sub-Group for Homeland Security. His memoir, Never Surrender: A Soldier?s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, was released in 2008. He has also authored two novels, Danger Close and Kiloton Threat. The general currently is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952, when President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress into law. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law declaring that the first Thursday in May would be designated as the National Day of Prayer each year. According to Ted Rose, the State Coordinator for that National Day of Prayer Task Force, the South Placer County event is the premier prayer breakfast in the state. For more information or to view the event online visit: