Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Renowned airshow announcer, Danny Clisham of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been named an honorary member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Clisham joins an elite group of other honorees, which includes former President George H.W. Bush; record-setting skydiver, Colonel Joe Kittinger; and airshow performer, Sean D. Tucker. The honor was bestowed Clisham during a ceremony at the 2017 Golden Knights Reunion in Fayetteville, N.C., on December 16, 2017, for having helped to elevate the team’s performances at airshows, which are used as a major recruitment tool of the U.S. Army.
Being named an Honorary Golden Knight is the highest honor the team awards a non-team member, and are selected annually by secret ballot.
“Danny is a true friend and mentor to the U.S. Army Golden Knights. His professionalism and expertise has allowed us to take our show leaps further than we could ever have imagined,” said Sergeant First Class Ben Currin, U.S. Army, Ret., and Vice President of the Golden Knights Alumni Association. Clisham has known every team since it was formed in 1959, and always welcomes its members to the announcer’s stand.
“This is truly an honor,” said Clisham. “The Golden Knights are dear friends whom I deeply respect for their excellence in performance and conduct. I’m humbled to be considered among such an outstanding organization.”
Clisham first took the microphone in 1965, and has since built a reputation of entertaining play-by-play announcing at every major airshow venue, and for every major airshow performer in North America. Other honors bestowed him include the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award, Bill Barber Award For Showmanship, and induction into the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame.