"Black Hawk Down" survivor shares his story at a WF church

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A retired United States Army Chaplain, who was prominently featured in the national best-seller and movie "Black Hawk Down," was in Wichita Falls Friday to share his story.

At First Baptist Church's Beast Feast Jeff Struecker spoke in front of a sold out crowd about his experiences in hopes of encouraging other men.

Struecker was enlisted as a soldier in 1993, and his unit was sent to Somalia in the big battle that became Black Hawk Down.

He said his faith helped him through that tough time.

"One of the most fearful moments of my life was in this big battle in Somalia when I went repeatedly into the city streets," said Struecker. "My faith helped me overcome perhaps one of the greatest fears I will ever experience."

Struecker's goal is for his message to help men find that same kind of faith, that will give them the strength to handle their own fears.

He said he also has another purpose, to remind everyone the importance of all the brave men and women who serve our country.

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