Good Day Sacramento’s very own Amy Carabba
Today could have not been a better day for members of the United States Army Parachute Team, Tandem Section to kick off the Sonoma, CA Tandem Camp. The Sacramento Recruiting Battalion brought out nine Centers of Influence that were nominated to conduct a tandem parachute jump with the Army’s elite Department of Defense Parachute Demonstration Team. The group consisted of excited candidates coming from various crafts and backgrounds. The majority of the group said they jumped at the opportunity to do a tandem with the Golden Knights when it was offered to them, though some said that they never dreamed of jumping out of a perfectly good air plane ever.
Thomas Grossman said never in his wildest dreams could he imagine jumping out of a plane and others said it was a wish on their bucket list. Holly Winslow and Rogelio Mangois were thrilled and couldn’t wait their turn.
The beautiful Amy Carabba, a local news celebrity broadcast live for over an hour prior to her jump and nervously did interviews with her tandem master, SFC Noah Watts. Soon after landing she gracefully fell face first on the ground thanking God and of course her “new best friend (BFF),” SFC Noah Watts for allowing her to return safely to the ground from her two and a half mile ride. Keetha Mills, who came from California Community College paced back and forth, jumped up and down and frantically kept pulling her hair back as SFC Joe Jones explained to her that they would be the third pair to exit the plane. Rogelio Manaois from San Francisco State University patiently stood wearing a mask of composure awaiting SFC Watts signal to head out to the plane.
Kristin Peterson, Caterer of the University of San Francisco was assigned to the second lift of the day and excitedly awaited the landing of her friend Holly Winslow, who jumped on the load before her. The Clinical Director from Hanna Boys Center, Mr. Timothy Norton patiently waited with his lovely wife Barbara and daughter and mingled around talking with the Knights and numerous young men that came out from Hanna Boys Center to watch the jumps. Timothy and Barbara are a Gold Star Family that lost their beloved son who was a Air Force Pilot in a helicopter crash in Korea.
And last but not least to make a jump was the boys “hero” of the day, Reverend John Crews, Executive Director of Hanna Boys Center Sonoma, CA to name a few. As Father Crews headed out to the plane a crowd of young men escorted him to the plane, cheering, taking photos and Abraham played the theme to “Rocky” as Father charged forward to his “leap of faith!”
SSG Rachel Medley, Tandem Team Coordinator took all of the boys on the teams C-31A Friendship Fokker for a tour and explained in detail all the specifics to complete the team mission. Later in the day the team visited the Hanna Boys Center and enjoyed breaking bread and mentoring with some hopeful future “Golden Knights.”
A quote from my favorite person former President George H.W. Bush, fits this day well. The Army’s Ambassadors were “Planting seeds to trees, which they may never sit under.”
TO BE CONTINUED…