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 Jump-master 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.
US Army MSG Cedric King grew up an only child in a single-parent home. He joined the military in 1995 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After changing his focus from aviation operations specialist to infantry, Cedric graduated from the US Army Ranger School. On July 25, 2012, during his third deployment, Cedric’s platoon conducted a reconnaissance of a possible explosives distributor in an Afghan village. As they approached the target, they fell under machine gun fire. Once the firefight ended, Cedric proceeded forward, only to step on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). The blast lifted him from his feet. In that moment, Cedric wondered if he would ever see his wife, mother and daughters again. He awoke eight days later in the United States to find his mother and wife at his bedside. He had sustained disfigurement on his right hand and both of his legs were amputated.
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Thank you Cedric for taking the time to speak to us today and answer questions. Two key things that you said that I will share, "Faith over Facts" as well as "Do the thing that you fear, and do the thing that you love". You were inspirational and I can't wait to get through your book.
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 West Point, 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.
Cedric has been married to his lovely wife, Khieda King, since October of 2000 and the couple have two beautiful daughters, Amari and Khayma King.