Retired Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During his illustrious career, Master Sergeant King served proved himself to be an exemplary soldier graduating from several distinguishing schools in the Army, including but not limited to: the United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, The United States Army Ranger Course. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and is a Four time Best Ranger Competition competitor.
On July 25,2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan, Cedric was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device which caused him major internal injuries, permanent damage to his right arm and hand and the amputation of both of his legs.
CEDRIC’S POPULAR PROGRAMS
• Call to Service In this Keynote, Cedric takes us back to Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Cedric details what the falling of those two towers ultimately meant to him, his military unit, and ultimately his impending future in becoming a double amputee. Master Sergeant (ret) King will leave attendees inspired to serve in whatever capacity they can to create better families, communities and a better Nation!
• The Gift Of Crisis
This particular keynote focuses on the dynamics of overcoming treacherous times in life. Navigating through inner dialogue and coming out stronger then when you began.
• The Courage To Comeback
The talk centers around the strength to get back up again after loss disappointment and fatigue. The audience walks away with a very clear mission statement and direction to overcome any setback
• Faith Focus and Family
This is Master Sergeant Cedric king‘s auto biographical story of how he used these three elements to find meaning after extreme disappointment and loss. Faith focus and family are the three main ingredients that catapulted his comeback amidst incredible odds
• Relentless Spirit, Resilient Mind
This Keynote is a fan favorite for military and civilian alike. This Keynote focuses on the mindset and determination that took king from a lowly private to a senior leader in America’s guard of honor the 82nd airborne division. It also speaks on kings mindset and spirit before during and after the amputation of his legs
• Leadership 101
Leading doesn’t have to be challenging, it can actually be the best part of your career. If done correctly, leading is great for the leader as well as the team, but if done incorrectly it can destroy an organization.In this breakout session Cedric works with new leaders to enhance leadership technique, create winning strategies on how to empower and appoint secondary leaders to create a winning culture
• Building a team
Building a team can be challenging especially for new leaders in the workforce. In this breakout session King takes all the guesswork out of leading and gives leaders the same tools to lead that he learned from his 20 year career in the Army’s most elite units.
Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During his 20 year career, Master Sergeant King proved himself to be an exemplary soldier graduating from several distinguishing schools in the Army, including but not limited to: the United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, and The United States Army Ranger Course. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
On July 25, 2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan, Cedric was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device. The explosion caused internal injuries, permanent damage to his right arm and hand and the amputation of both of his legs. Cedric now refers to that moment as his finest hour.
While recovering from his injuries Cedric found time to complete his bachelors degree and begin to cultivate his speaking voice. Since becoming an amputee, Cedric has shared his story of perseverance and endurance with audiences such as the US Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, professional sports teams of the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Fortune 500 companies from Home Depot to Facebook. In February of 2019 his story was published into print when he released his book called, “The Making Point”. In his book he shares mindsets, philosophies, and stories that include how 21 months after losing both of his legs, Cedric completed the 2014 Boston Marathon. He has been featured on Networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO and the NFL Network. He has gone on to compete in a number of physically taxing events including a 70.3 mile half Ironman Triathlon, He is a two New York City Marathon Finisher, a five time Boston Marathon finisher, numerous half marathons, and a three time 48.6 mile Disney Marathon series finisher.