Ladies and gentlemen, meet 37-year-old Tim Kennedy.
Kennedy is a number of things, but the word “patriot” appears to describe him best.
In 2003, Kennedy enlisted in the United States military under the 18X (Special Forces candidate) program, through which he later completed multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Ranger, Green Beret, and Special Forces sniper, according to Kennedy's website.
During his deployments, Kennedy received several military awards, such as the Army’s Bronze Star Medal with V device, which was awarded for valor under fire.
It was also during his time in the military that Kennedy got seriously involved in mixed martial arts. He soon became a professional as part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
It turned Kennedy from a mean, green fighting machine to a lean, mean fighting machine.
It was also during this time that Kennedy left the military to focus on his UFC career.
After a series of wins and losses in the octagon, it became clear to Kennedy that he wasn't done serving his country yet.
And in April, with a little convincing from new President Donald Trump, Kennedy decided to leave the UFC and re-enlist in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
While Kennedy says that he doesn't agree with everything Trump stands for, he loves that the POTUS “likes to win.”
He also became inspired by the fact that Trump selected Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.