The American Vision – “Black Hawk Down” A Commanders Story – With Guest: Colonel Danny R. McKnight (Ret.), CO of Task Force Ranger – Basis for “Black Hawk Down” Movie
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We Have a Black Hawk Down
On October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger was involved in “America’s most savage raid since the Vietnam War.” The book and the movie provide a riveting and realistic look at what soldiers can and will do for each other and their country.
Colonel Danny R. McKnight, USA (Ret.)
Colonel Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, Retired, was born in Columbus, Georgia and moved to Rockledge, Florida in 1959. He graduated from Cocoa High School in 1969 and Brevard Community College in 1971. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Florida State University in 1973, where he earned a BS Degree in Management. In 1985, Danny earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Florida while assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in the ROTC Department.
Among his numerous military assignments were the following:
- Executive Officer, 3rd Ranger Battalion, Fort Benning, GA
- Executive Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA
- Battalion Commander, 4thnBattalion 27th Infantry, Schofield Barracks, HI
- Battalion Commander, 3rd Ranger Battalion, Fort Benning, GA
- Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
- Chief of Staff, First U.S. Army, Fort Gillem, GA
Panama and Mogadishu, Somalia
Colonel McKnight’s military career included combat duty on two occasions: Panama in 1989; and Commanding Officer of Task Force Ranger in Somalia 1993 which is the basis for the Book and Movie “Black Hawk Down.” Actor Tom Sizemore played the part of Colonel Danny R. McKnight in the movie.
Awards and Decorations
Colonel McKnight’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Star, and the Pathfinder Badge.
Leadership At its Best
Colonel McKnight completed 28 and one-half years of service to our country. He then returned to his hometown in Florida. He has served in two Homeland Security related positions in Brevard County, Florida as the Homeland Security Coordinator for the County’s Emergency Management Office and as the Homeland Security Training Coordinator in the Criminal Justice Center at Brevard Community College as well.
Colonel McKnight has focused his efforts as a nationwide motivational speaker to bring his experience to others through a presentation that provides a better understanding of the unparalleled commitment and leadership required to be successful when executing operations in the most difficult and severe situations.
Many key values associated with successful leadership will be highlighted and referenced throughout this presentation. The real-world experiences associated with his involvement in the event of October 3, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, will be expounded on to relate the commitment and leadership necessary to achieve mission success.
Streets of Mogadishu
His book, “Streets of Mogadishu: Leadership At its Best, Political Correctness At Its Worst!” can be ordered from his webpage. Danny McKnight personally signs every copy of his book.
His DVD, “Leading on the Tough Days,” is available for purchase as well. The DVD contains a condensed one and one-half hour version of his normal 4-hour speaking presentation which focuses on the subject areas of Leadership, Commitment, Homeland Security, and Patriotism with references to Black Hawk Down in Somalia October 1993. Danny and his wife, Linda, reside in Rockledge, Florida.
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Bill Muckler is a long-time contributor is The Liberty Beacon Project and has appeared on numerous TLB radio and TV shows. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; graduated from Christian Brothers College High School (an Army Junior ROTC School) and received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, he spent two years in Air Force ROTC.
Bill entered the USMC Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, VA upon graduation and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant; spent four and one-half years on active duty, and then eleven years as a Ready Reservist. He holds the permanent rank of Captain and held a Top Secret Security Clearance.
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Bill has three children: Angela, Christa and Christian; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He has lived in St. Louis, Columbia, Ferguson and St. Charles in Missouri. Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Panama City, Marco Island, St. Augustine and Cocoa, Florida. He has worked in, visited or travelled to 45 states, eleven countries and numerous islands in many seas.
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