Captain leads ‘Mogadishu Mile’

Capt. Chris Lancia, a Basic Officer Leader Course instructor at ALU, leads a group of 30 participants in the inaugural Richmond Mogadishu Mile Oct. 4. The event was created to honor and remember those who gave their lives in the largest battle the American military had seen since Vietnam. October marks 26 years since the Battle of Mogadishu that resulted in the loss of 18 U.S. service members. “It’s important we take the opportunity to remember our fallen,” said Lancia. “The power of their sacrifice cannot be overstated, and it’s incumbent on each of us to ensure we honor our men and women willing to pay that price to make the world a better place.” The RMM opened with a quick overview of the battle itself, then 18 volunteers read the name, birthplace and unit of each of the fallen. Once that was complete, they conducted a one-mile walk that took them past the Virginia War Memorial. “We do things like this for those who no longer can,” said Carley Salmon, an Army veteran and the Richmond lead for the Travis Manion Foundation. “It’s a way for us to honor them and show we don’t take our freedom for granted.”