Tandem Team Meets Medal of Honor Recipients

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.

“Nasty Corporal Keys returns to the 618th” in 618 Days

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…)

The City of Homestead Welcomes Golden Knights to their 2012 Winter Training

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the City Hall Council Chambers, the U S Army Parachute Team, Sergeant Major Stephen Young and SSG Shelby Bixler, the Gold Demonstration Team Recruiting liason accepted a wonderful award from the city of Homestead.

Mayor Bateman thanked the team for returning to Homestead, for supporting the 63rd Annual Rodeo, the upcoming Bike Festival and the opportunity to take a tandem parachute jump with the team at training last year.


Mayor Bateman presented the SGM a beautiful framed document welcoming the team to “Our Beautiful City” and also gave the SGM a huge bright white, yellow and blue crest from the City of Homestead established in 1913.

He said they would be honored to have them hung in our Winter Training Facility on Homestead Reserve Airbase in appreciation of the city.


The US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, would like to thank the Mayor, Council members and the wonderful people in the community for all of the hospitality extended to the team and thank them for sharing their beautiful city, magnificent blue skies and warm sunshine

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