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Danny McNeely

Tactical Chief Instructor

Tactical Chief Instructor Danny McNeely has truly lived a life of adventure. From his six years as a USAF Pararescueman to his time as paramedic/extrication specialist for the Red Bull Air Race Circuit, he has yet to slow down. Danny is an avid climber, an AMGA[1] guide and an alpinist, who is always chasing the next adventure. Of course, his current career with Roco’s Tactical Program is no walk in the park either, which is just the way he likes it.

In 2014, Danny joined Roco’s Tactical Division, which eventually evolved into the role of a chief instructor. While he teaches all modules of Roco’s tactical training, he is currently responsible for heading up new curriculum and training plans for rope access programs for various Roco clientele including the DoD and DoJ.

As an operator, Danny has extensive experience working with special operations teams in multiple combat zones including Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and the Horn of Africa (Djibouti). As mentioned, he also served as paramedic/extrication specialist for the 2015/16 Red Bull Air Race Circuit, training and integrating with rescue assets from around the world. His innovative mindset and a drive for efficiency bring an array of skills and knowledge to the rescue community.

According to Danny, the most rewarding part of his Roco job is knowing that the training we provide to the various teams can and will positively impact a negative situation. Which goes back to Roco’s mission of training people to utilize minimalist gear in any environment to accomplish movement, rescue, and recovery while doing it all safe, fast, and efficient.

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Danny currently lives in Denver, CO. He said, “Roco has allowed me to travel all around the world which has given me a great perspective on how lucky I am to be in the position that I am.” Outside work, his favorite things are climbing, mountain biking, riding dirt bikes, and playing the bass guitar.

[1] American Mountain Guides Association is the United States’ sole representative to the 21-member International Federation of Mountain Guides Association, the international governing body responsible for guiding standards and education around the world.

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