Jim Keen was born in Wyoming on a cattle ranch and lived his childhood on his family's cattle ranches in the Midwest. At 18 Jim enlisted as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. army and started his twenty-year Special Operations career. Jim served sixteen of the twenty years in Ranger and Special Forces positions. He has lived an exciting Special Operations life, drawing hazardous fire pay and campaign ribbons in Grenada, Iraq, and Bosnia. Jim was wounded in action twice, once being shot off a motorcycle as Ranger scout in Greada, and a second time being attacked by an angry Serbain mob in Bosnia.
Jim received his first Purple Heart from the Chief of Staff of the Army, General (Retired) Wickman in 1983. He worked for Generals Abbizade, Grange, and Tony when the three were company and field grade officers at Company, Battalion and Group Level. He was awarded the NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) Special Operations Low Intensity Conflict Soldier of the year medal for 1999.
With his slow, soft western drawl Jim has the ability to tell a story and make up words that will keep most folks on the edge of their seats laughing and crying in the same breath. This natural ability has sprouted from an event-filled life. As a storyteller and author he attempts to portray each emotion and feeling possible, sometimes ending with a twist. After numerous contacts and friends encouraged Jim to write his story, he has finally given in and written a book based on his true-life story. Jim began writing and performing poetry, music and stories as a hobby as a youngster. Now Jim and his family enjoy traveling as Jim performs his poetry, music and speaking for churches and organizations. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Roxie for 20 years. Roxie is a registered nurse working home health care and Hospice. The couple has three children, a late son Austin who died on a family hike in the mountains at age ten (to whom this book is dedicated) and two daughters, Britany and Cassie.
Jim and his family live on their small hobby ranch in Southern Colorado where readers and friends are always welcome to stop in and help with the haying, irrigation or horses. You may even get the pleasure of hearing Jim spin a yarn, tune or a story. Jim is now retired and continuing his education at a nearby University. He is hoping to finish up his bachelor's degree in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology and hopes to start a new career in the field of law enforcement. Jim will always be a writer, story-teller and warrior.