That’s what it’s all about for sixteen individuals who are vying for a place with the U S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. Two ladies and fourteen men crossed through the threshold of the headquarters facility’s historical museum of the Army’s only Department of Defense parachute team.
SSG Tom Dunning who is leading the 2010 program called roll call and greeted each individual as they reported for duty. He gave them instructions concerning the itinerary of the day and introduced them to the rest of the cadre who would be with them daily through the intensive training program. SFC Tom Bovee, SFC Greg Windmiller and SSG Derek Coleman will be guiding them through the process of “trying out.”
LTC Joe Martin the team Commander and SGM Stephen Young addressed the 16 candidates and welcomed them to the Assessment and Selection Program. LTC Martin said they were to be commended for taking the first three steps to become a Golden Knight;”they made a decision to come here, by submitting an application, and showing up at the door this morning.”
It will be long days and weeks of jumping, classes, training on the Golden Knight way of demonstrating until they too will receive their jackets and become Golden Knights. Not all will make it through. For the first time in Golden Knight history, tryouts will be documented for the public and will be posted on this blog. The Golden Knights wish each candidate good luck and see you in the “Black”.