1SG Bryan Schnell (left) and LTC Joe Martin (far right) stand with the Medal of Honor recipients (from left to right) Sal Guinta, Bob Modrzejewwski, Jay Vargas, James Taylor, Barney Barnum, and Ron Ray at the Hero's Challenge golf tournament.
The Golden Knights Tandem Team traveled to Southern California earlier this month to perform a demonstration to honor several Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, who gathered for a special golf tournament in Riverside.
Although low clouds prevented the jump, members of the team on the ground crew presented the honorees with batons and attended a ceremony to honor John F. Baker, originally from Columbia, SC. Mr. Baker was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam war, and passed away in January of this year. Many of the MoO recipients who played in the tournament were close personal friends of Mr. Baker, and many memories were shared as they honored their friend.
After the demonstration, the Tandem Team headed to Perris Valley Skydiving Center in Perris, CA and did three days of tandem parachute jumps. The passengers included local teachers and administrators, as well as some of the players from the Hero’s Challenge golf tournament.
Golden Knight Demonstrators united at our Headquarters in Ft. Bragg, NC to prepare for the first trip of the 2012 show season. After final inventories were completed, the bus was loaded and we headed to Pope field. Every jumpsuit, rig, brochure and piece of support equipment was loaded into our C-31 Troopship and strapped down. The assistant team leader called the advance representative to let him know we would be there in two hours. The twin-turbo prop jump aircraft roared to life and we were on the move. As we went wheels up, Black Team was en route to the first show of the 2012 demonstration season, New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest, Florida. (more…)
SSG Noah Watts tandem jumps CPL Adam Keys
Today, Sergeant Adam Keys triple amputee accomplished an astronomical goal by making his 10th airborne jump with the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights at Laurinburg-Maxton Drop Zone in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Tandem Master, Staff Sergeant Noah Watts, and Sergeant 1stClass Joe Jones, Tandem Team Leader meticulously adjusted, secured and suited Keys into a stylish black and gold jumpsuit, harness, helmet and glove in preparation of the big jump. Keys completed a tandem class on Tuesday, March 20 planning to make the jump, but either the weather and or a bit of fate had other plans. (more…)