CWO4 Mike Durant jumps into Ala. senate race

| October 21, 2021

CWO4 Mike Durant (ret)

Mike Durant, one of the pilots of the downed Black Hawks from the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, has entered the race for the Republican nomination for US Senate in next year’s mid-term. Durant, who has never held political office, is joining a crowded field currently led by Rep Mo Brooks (R-AL).

Durant’s Army career saw him spend 13 of his 22 years of service as an aviator with the Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (160th SOAR). At the time of his retirement as a chief warrant officer 4 he had logged 3,700 hours flight time with an astonishing 1,400 of those at night while wearing night vision goggles.

As a member of SOAR, Durant participated in Operation Prime Chance, Operation Just Cause, and during Operation Desert Storm was the first American helicopter pilot to fire on a SCUD missile. Two years later he was piloting “Super Six Four” over Somalia when they were hit by an RPG and downed. He was subsequently captured, the only survivor of the crashes, and held for 11 days. His combat awards and decorations include three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star for valor, a Purple Heart, and four Air Medals.

Jeff LPH 3 sends in the Army Times article on Durant’s announcement;

Mike Durant, best known as the helicopter pilot shot down and held prisoner in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident, is joining the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

Durant, now the founder and president of an aerospace company in Huntsville, announced his campaign Tuesday. He joins a crowded GOP field vying for the Republican nomination to the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.

“Between ridiculous vaccine mandates, trillions in spending, and constant assaults on innocent life and the 2nd Amendment, it’s clear that we need to mobilize people from outside of politics to step forward and serve,” Durant said.

Like other Republicans in the race, Durant expressed his admiration for former President Donald Trump.

“President Trump showed us what’s possible when outsiders step forward and take on the insiders and the politicians. I’ve spent my life either in service to my nation or focused on growing a successful business in Alabama. I’m not going to sit idly by while Joe Biden and the career politicians wreck the country I love. I’m signing up for one more tour of duty. I’m running for U.S. Senate,” Durant said.

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  1. Old tanker says:

    I wish him luck. Sounds like a great candidate.

  2. 5JC says:

    It is a crowded field. It’s going to be a tough primary. Wish him luck.

  3. FuzeVT says:

    “Between ridiculous vaccine mandates, trillions in spending, and constant assaults on innocent life and the 2nd Amendment, it’s clear that we need to mobilize people from outside of politics to step forward and serve,” Durant said.

    Sold.

  4. Frankie Cee says:

    All these “non-political types need the help of those supporting them. Not just on election day but even more, during the campaign.
    Shared to MeWe and Fakebook

  5. Jay says:

    The guy competently operated complex flight machinery while wearing NVGs for HOURS at a time. I think he can handle the machinations of the congressional machine. Best of luck to him.

  6. KoB says:

    Maybe this Warrior can carry the battle against our domestic enemies as he did our foreign ones.

    I’ll forward this linky to my AlaDAMNbama folks.

    Best of luck, Good Sir!

  7. OldManchu says:

    Seeing this post reminds me of the rash of fakers who claim Somalia “Black Hawk Down” service… assholes!

    Good Luck CWO4!

  8. M48DAT says:

    Real deal, good luck Chief!

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    Can’t vote for him (yet) but I can send some doh re me.
    And even though the NDSM is partly covered it really stands out.

  10. ChipNASA says:

    Wishing you success. MUCH NEEDED!! I hope that this is the way the Country and the Republic is going to be swinging in the foreseeable future.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I wish him complete and total success, not only do we need to unseat the D-rats, we also need to get rid of the establishment RINOs.

  12. Devtun says:

    Good luck to the Chief. Really like Mo Brooks though. The other AL Senator, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, is a winner.

  13. Poetrooper says:

    Here’s another candidate who has sacrificed mightily for his country, as his horrific wounds so graphically demonstrate, who is deserving of veteran support:

    https://www.captainsambrown.com/

    CPT Brown is the first recipient of a 2022 campaign contribution from Ol’ Poe.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hell yeah!

  15. Hatchet says:

    Best of luck, Sir. If there’s anyone that’s war-zone qualified to ‘drain the DC swamp’, looks like CWO4 Durant will be America’s best bet.

  16. Sgt K says:

    Flying a goddamn helicopter for 1400 hours while wearing NVG’s? Just amazing. I hate those things. I could hardly find my way out of a bathtub wearing them.
    Does he know that politicians need to show up to the shop more than 2 times a year?