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COL Danny R. McKnight
COL Danny McKnight retired in January 2002
after serving 28 ½ years in a distinguished and highly decorated
career as a U.S. Army Ranger. His experience represents a lifetime
of dedication to the defense of America.
COL McKnight’s final assignment was as the
Chief of Staff for First Army, based at Fort Gillem, Georgia. His
efforts as the Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment
elements assigned to Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia were
chronicled in the book Black Hawk Down and the movie
by the same name.
In addition to his expertise in many
military matters, highlights of his skills in the leadership and
management aspects of his career include:
Directing a staff of more than 200 military
and DA civilian personnel to provide support for a field force of
10,000 people, who had to meet the training requirements for
approximately 250,000 reserve component soldiers.
COL McKnight also has extensive experience
in the areas of communications, public affairs, and emergency
COL McKnight’s awards and decorations
include the Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star
for Valor; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service medal with Five Oak
Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star;
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead and Bronze Star;
Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Ranger Tab; Master Parachutist Badge
with Combat Star; and Pathfinder Badge.
He graduated from the U.S. Army War College,
Air Command and Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced Course,
Ranger School, Airborne School, and Infantry Officer Basic Course.
He also served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in the
University of Florida Army ROTC Department.
COL McKnight earned his Master’s Degree in
Higher Education and Administration from the University of Florida in
1985, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Florida State
University in 1973.