MSU Student Association hosts ‘Black Hawk Down’ hero as fall speaker

Studio portrait of retired 1st Sgt. Matt Eversmann
Retired 1st Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Submitted photo)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Student Association is hosting 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Matt Eversmann Thursday [Nov. 7] as the organization’s featured speaker for the fall semester.

Titled “Strategic Shock: Leadership Lessons from Black Hawk Down,” his 7 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public. Colvard Student Union’s Foster Ballroom doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Oct. 3, 1993, Eversmann was placed in charge of a group of Army Rangers to lead a daytime raid against an enemy militia. His inspiring story of survival was immortalized in the epic film, “Black Hawk Down,” and he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device.

Eversmann remained on active duty until May of 2008, when he retired after 20 years of service. He recently returned from Afghanistan where he filmed “Send Me,” a documentary that highlights advances in battlefield medicine since Eversmann’s days on the streets of Mogadishu.

He and his wife Tori run a consulting company that helps companies develop successful veteran hiring programs. They also co-host a weekly podcast called “The Veterans Nation.”

For more information, contact Amelia Rogers, associate director of MSU’s Center for Student Activities, at 662-325-2930 or

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