The Tandem Team was back in action Thursday. During the last several weeks the eastern part of the country has been battered with cool temperatures, high winds, low clouds and rain. The weather is finally turning around and Thursday brought a refreshing burst of warm air and blue skies. The Tandem Team also had some guests from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. 1LT Matt Walters from CCU’s ROTC department brought Head Football Coach David Bennet and several of his fellow coach’s to the Golden Knights training facility to learn a little bit more about the military. CCU is a big supporter of the Military offering many military appreciation support days.
Coach Bennet and his staff were shown a unique Army experience 2 ½ miles above North Carolina. The Tandem Team was there to assist the first time jumpers overcome their fear of jumping out of an air plane. SSG Jared Zell took Coach Bennet up for his Tandem Jump. Prior to boarding the airplane SSG Zell asked Coach, “How long have you known me”? The Coach replied “about 10 minutes but its about Trust and I Trust the US Army and the Golden Knights”. Coach Bennet on the way to 13,500 ft also exclaimed, “It takes a lot of courage to do this”. Courage is right, Personal Courage, one of the Seven Army Values. Coach overcame his fears showing a little Personal Courage putting his life in the hands of a US Army Soldier.
By the end of the day Coach Bennet and his assistant coaches were nothing but smiles and had a better appreciation for everyone serving in the military. It was an honor for the Tandem Team to show the coaching staff a small glimpse into the life of soldiers.