Kurt Muse - Motivational Speaker - Edge of War
The only American hostage to ever be rescued from Modelo Prision, Kurt Muse tells an extraordinary family story about what an ordinary man can achieve when he has the courage of his convictions.
Kurt Muse was born in the United States into a family of citizen soldiers whose roots go back to the Revolutionary War. His adventurous family lived first in Cuba and eventually settled in Panama where they began a printing and graphic arts business. Kurt married his high school sweetheart and came back to the U.S for college. After graduation, Kurt Muse took his ROTC commission for a short stint in the Army. Obligations fulfilled, he returned to Panama to help grow his family’s business and start a family of his own.
Being an American citizen, Kurt studiously avoided politics... until 1987. Noriega burned down one of his print shops and killed one of his good friends. Panama was the only home Kurt knew, and it was being threatened by a ruthless machete-waving dictator.
Vowing to restore free speech, Kurt Muse and his friends built an underground radio station, The Voice of Liberty. They were on the air for nearly a year. Panama’s alleyways were scenes of constant and deadly games of cat and mouse with Noriega’s soldiers. Driven to the edge, Noriega imported Castro’s top direction-finding teams to track down that country’s only free radio station.
After his capture, Kurt Muse endured days of sleepless interrogation. He spent nine months in solitary confinement in Noriega’s infamous Modelo Prison. A soldier was posted at Kurt’s cell door with orders to execute him if anyone tried to rescue him.
At 12:45 am on December 20th, 1989, elite Delta Force commandos stormed the prison in what was to be the most dramatic rescue in recent military history. America’s finest and bravest warriors fought their way down to Kurt and stole him back to the roof to an awaiting helicopter. It was shot down twice.
President George Bush called Kurt Muse “a great American”.
Keynote includes rivetting examples of:
• Personal crisis management: The need to take risks and embrace change to survive
• How to maintain a sense of humor.
• How to achieve goals through vision and teamwork.
• How to find your emotional anchor in the sea of adversity.
"(The) students were awestruck; their eyes grew big and their mouths hung open as they followed your story with rapt attention. Your energy...and marvelous sense of humor, left them with enormous admiration and respect for you...Courage, duty, loyalty and heroism seem to appear infrequently on our social landscape. Your message is a powerful one, truly inspirational and it reflects just these virtues. It needs to be heard by all generations, but most especially by the future leaders of this country...Your words found their mark and left an enormous impression."
"The story of your courageous stand against Panama's dictator Antonio Noriega was riveting; the details of your arrest and captivity were inspiring; but the account of your rescue by US military special forces was simply spellbinding. Sharing your remarkable story makes you an indispensable historian shoe well articulated and entertaining message is both fundamental and profound - freedom is irrepressible and the human spirit is boundless...The tears and standing ovation were indicative of the extent to which you touched our audience...You are a proud, patriotic and wonderful speaker. We would love to have you back at Langley with us again in the future."
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