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Operation Irene, September 20-22, 2019

Made famous by the movie Black Hawk Down, the Battle of Mogadishu took place in October, 1993. Operation Irene was established as a means to pay tribute to the US service members who lost their lives during those horrific hours of fighting. The inaugural Op Irene was held at a paintball park outside of Atlanta, GA, seventeen years ago and featured US Army Ranger Col.(ret) Danny McKnight vs. US Army Ranger Hall of Famer MSG(ret) "Mad Max" Mullen. Over the weekend of Sept. 20-22, 2019, Operation Irene will come full circle back to Georgia where it all began...this time at the famed Guardian Center in Perry, GA.

This event will mark Col.(ret) McKnight's final Irene. Hundreds of you had supported this tribute from the modest paintball park to the dilapidated Joelton Air Force Base housing, to the incredible Zussmann Urban Combat Training Center at Fort Knox, to MUTC and even to Detroit in 2016...THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT which allowed us to continue to donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Our staff are working alongside Guardian Center staff to ensure this final episode of Operation Irene affords a proper send off for Col.(ret) McKnight.

Guardian Center no longer entertains "airsoft games". Attending Alumni vouching is required to make sure that each attendee's heart is in the right place. Operation IRENE is a tribute and may not be suitable for all.


Registration open, note ammended registration procedure.