Golden Knights Seriously Injured in Bicycle Accident

 

SFC Sanborn, Chicago Water and Air Show

7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9, the Black Demonstration Team Leader SFC  Howard Sanborn and SGT Jonathan Lopez were hit by a car while bicycling along the shoulder of Highway 63 near La Plata, MO.

SGT Jonathan Lopez

 

 

The  two Knights’ were returning to their hotel from a twenty mile ride when a car driven by a 24-year-old Minister, Nathan Worstell crossed over onto the shoulder of the road and hit Sanborn ejecting him across the road. Sanborn’s bike was propelled into Lopez.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sanborn and Lopez were both transported by Air Evacuation helicopters to University Hospital in Columbia, MO. around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Lopez was released from the hospital after treatment for numerous contusions, and lacerations requiring over 100 stitches to his face. Lopez returned home to Fort Bragg with his team and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Sanborn is still hospitalized and in serious condition following two operations and will require extensive treatment.

 

SFC Howard Sanborn

Sanborn, who is in extreme athlete, qualified in his age group for triathlon Nationals and has been mentoring Lopez to compete in an upcoming triathlon later this year.

 Howie always helps to encourage others to eat nutritionally well balanced meals and exercise. He is even a Yoga instructor that leads his team mates through invigorating workouts on a regular basis.

SFC Adrian Hill, said “Howie is one of my best friends, he’s everyone’s friend. He is just an awesome guy!” I came to this team because I admire the complete professionalism of this entire team.”

Saturday night the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team jumped at the Truman State University Football game in Kirksville, Mo. and presented the President of the University a baton flown in free fall by the team.

Sunday eight members of the team made a jump for the Kirksville 2012 Air Festival and then spent the rest of the day supporting their team mates.

Sanborn’s zeal and enthusiastic debonair character is infectious and continually is displayed as he builds his team spirit based on mutual respect.

The entire Golden Knight Family are pulling together to support Howie and are praying for a quick recovery.

Thank you for all for the calls and support from our extended family and we will keep you posted as he progresses.

Golden Knight gives the Ultimate Sacrifice

 

 

 

 

It is with great regret that Lieutenant Colonel Jose Melendez and Members of the team bid farewell to a Golden Knight, Staff Sergeant SSG Eric S. Holman.  Holman 39, from Evans City, PA was killed August 15th  by an enemy improvised explosive device (IED) in Gnazni province Afghanistan. 

In 1996 Holman earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University. In 1997 he learned to skydive and liked it so much that he worked honing his skills to become an air coach, static line instructor, tandem instructor and FAA senior parachute rigger and enjoyed the occasional base jump.

 SSG Eric S. Holman enlisted in the Army in October of 2003 as an aviation powertrain repairer. Holman was afforded the opportunity to attend the Golden Knight Assessment and Selection Program in September 2005. Upon completion of the rigorous six-week program he was ‘knighted’ and assigned to the Gold Demonstration Team.

 Holman served for over four seasons on the Knights as a demonstration parachutist for the Gold Demonstration Team where he logged more than 2800 free-fall parachute jumps, 1000 tandems and 21 military static line jumps.

In his free time, Holman enjoys spending time with his wife and son; working on and riding motorcycles; shooting and mountain biking.

Eric’s teammates are deeply saddened  by the news of his death and reminisce about all the great times shared with their brother.

SFC Tom Dunning said, “Eric taught me to ride a motorcycle.” Tom gave Eric so many accolades to include giving him the best gift he could have ever given him was the passion for getting out and riding a motorcycle.

Tom had a long chat with Eric about two weeks ago and Eric said, he couldn’t wait to get back to Fort Bragg, so they could go riding.

SFC Noah Watts said,   “If something had wheels and a engine that Eric could drive it and that he was the first person he ever saw drink a hot cup of coffee while riding his bike.” Noah also said,” Eric was a phenomenal teammate, that he would do anything for anyone and that he had even loaned him his enclosed trailer to move from Georgia even though he just met him, and oh yea, Eric looked great bald!”

 

 

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Sweltering triple digit temperatures did not prevent over 600,000 fans from coming out to see The US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights at Gary’s South Shore Air Show this weekend.

Sparkling Golden Knights

Multi-talented members of the Gold Demonstration Team gave an all star performance this weekend opening the show on the shore of the beach literally with a glimmering bomburst of sparkling pyro lighting up the pitch black skies of Gary.

"NightLine" up

The weekend’s tripleheader began with the normal FAA Briefing with the Pilots, CSM Royce Manis and Team leader, SFC JD Berentis.

 

 

SGT Trey Martin and SSG Brian Karst headed down to the Beach to do interviews for the Post Tribune with Jerry Davich and a WLPR, 89.1-FM remote broadcast live from the 13th Air Show over Marquette Park.

Meanwhile, SSG Tom Melton and SFC Dustin Peregrin attended an event hosted for a Make-a-Wish group held at the Gary Jet Center where they spent time with the children, signed autographs and distributed photos and stickers.

Aviation Hard at Work

Aviation crew chief SGT Austin Bowman, and the team pilots Mr Allen Aber and CW4 Jason Davis followed their traditional mission checking procedures and preparing the team F-27 Friendship Fokker for a safe flight.

Saturday and Sunday the team began the presentation dropping wind drift indicators followed by the playing of the National Anthem as narrator for the day, SGT Brian Karst jumped in the American Flag.

SSG Tom Pryjda

 

 

Team Leader SFC JD Berentis

Seven other members of the Gold Team jumped in, with three of the parachutist flying the Illinois, Indiana and Army Strong Flag on to the sandy beach in front of thousands of exhilarated cheering fans.

As soon as everyone touched down they gathered their gear and hustled to a van for the 40 mile ride back to the Jet Center to load up and launch again for the 2:30pm time on target.

Planes Orbiting Around Jumper

 

They prepped for the second demo, briefed the media, which was accompanying them and did a quick dirt dive (ground reenactment of the maneuver planed for the mass jump) and up to 9000 feet for the last performance of the day.

 

 

Representing Soldiers Everywhere

Following the last demo the entire team headed over to the Army Recruiting booth to sign autographs and greet the American public.

What aView of the City

It is not all stars and glitter as one may think for these dedicated, professional Soldiers who claim an office in the sky to do their jobs on a daily basis. There is extensive underlying work done for months, weeks and days in the preparation of each and every performance.

 

 

 

Meetings, schedule changes, POC’s, biographies, FAA waivers, lodging, vehicles, television, radio interviews and media rides are just  a few of the detailed issues, which all have to be arranged and coordinated beforehand.

Dirtdive

The Army’s “Golden Knights” are the only Department of Defense sanctioned aerial Parachute Demonstration Team. They traverse across the country as “Ambassadors of the Army” to help encourage and mentor aspiring youth to pursue the multiple opportunities available with the Army.

 

SFC Andrew Starr

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