Golden Dragons replicate Mogadishu Mile 26 years later

By Staff Sgt. Paige BehringerOctober 3, 2019

Lt. Col Keith Benedict (right), and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Stolba, the command team of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division salute as a bugler plays taps during a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu following the battalion's annual Mogadishu Mile run, October 3, at Fort Drum, New York. Some present day "Golden Dragons" were not yet born a quarter of a century ago when 2-14 was supporting Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. The overarching events from October 3 and 4, 1993 were branded the Battle of Mogadishu, and later popularized in the film "Black Hawk Down." Though the movie centers on a raid led by Task Force Ranger, the Golden Dragons kept their quick reaction force on standby and mobilized when the Rangers mission went awry. Following the run, a wreath was placed at the memorial outside the Golden Dragon's headquarters building, Martin Hall, which was named for Pfc. James "Jimmy" Martin, who was killed in action during the Battle of Mogadishu. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer)
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col Keith Benedict (right), and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Stolba, the command team of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division salute as a bugler plays taps during a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu following the battalion's annual Mogadishu Mile run, October 3, at Fort Drum, New York. Some present day "Golden Dragons" were not yet born a quarter of a century ago when 2-14 was supporting Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. The overarching events from October 3 and 4, 1993 were branded the Battle of Mogadishu, and later popularized in the film "Black Hawk Down." Though the movie centers on a raid led by Task Force Ranger, the Golden Dragons kept their quick reaction force on standby and mobilized when the Rangers mission went awry. Following the run, a wreath was placed at the memorial outside the Golden Dragon's headquarters building, Martin Hall, which was named for Pfc. James "Jimmy" Martin, who was killed in action during the Battle of Mogadishu. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer) VIEW ORIGINAL