SFC John D. Berentis (J.D.) received the prestigious honor of being selected as the 2014 Golden Knight of the Year by his peers, at the team Christmas party December 3, 2014.
SFC Berentis hails from Yuma, AZ and attended Central Arizona Community College. He is an Airborne Ranger serving on the Golden Knights as the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC). He has served as the Gold Team Leader and free fall Videographer, Demonstration Parachutist, and tandem master for the Gold Team.
J.D. enlisted into the Army in November 1990 and while serving at Hunter Army Airfield, Savanna, GA. with the 1st Ranger Battalion, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Irish Gold and also to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. His next assignments were in Yuma, AZ. and Fort Bragg, NC. SFC Berentis attended the Golden Knights Assessment and Selection Program in 2003 and was ‘Knighted’ onto the team upon completion of the program. He spent his first year on the team learning the ins and outs of life on the team and mastering his freefall videography and still photography skills. Since 1989, when J.D. executed his first freefall parachute jump, he has logged more than 4,500 freefall parachute jumps, 760 tandems, and 62 military static line jumps. In his free-time J.D. enjoys riding street bikes, motocross, and video editing.