COL. Danny R. McKnight
U.S. Army (Ret.)


Leadership is not easy... if it was anybody could do it.  It is a very dynamic art, however, actually quite simple.



Listed below are my general speaking subjects and a few thoughts on each.


 Leadership - The most important attribute of our great country for 230-plus years…the greatness quality of successful leaders can best be described by seven key values—loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, personal courage.  The interrelationship of these values is the essence of successful leadership.  

Commitment -  The commitment I believe in and talk about is a special one that comes only from the heart…it is not a cognitive thing, but more a thing of deep feeling and strong belief thing.

Homeland Security -  What is this really, and where are we with it today?  It is not new…it takes place within the United States of America, as well as all over the world…its focus is the protection of all American citizens at home and abroad. 

Terrorism -  This threat is not a passing thing…it is here for us to deal with for many, many years to come.  Terrorism has existed for many years…no it did not just begin for us as Americans on September 11, 2001…it was even confronted in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 by Task Force RANGER.  Unfortunately, many Americans DO NOT GET IT, but they need to understand the reality of the global war on terrorism.

 Training -  Next to Leadership, I believe Training is the most important aspect of ensuring the safety and security of our great country.  We must be the best trained people (military and civilian alike) to ensure our freedoms are never lost.  All of us as American citizens are responsible for the protection of the United States of America.

 Patriotism – “Devotion to one’s country”…loving one’s country and energetically guarding its welfare…and finally, as an American citizen, the willingness to make the supreme sacrifice of giving one’s life to sustain the special freedoms and privileges of our great country.


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