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

Tandem Team graduates new Tandem Examiners

Tandem Team poses with Mark

The Golden Knights prides itself on being the most highly qualified parachutist in the world. We were founded in 1959 not only to compete against the Soviets who were dominating the new sport of skydiving, but to also test and evaluate new equipment and freefall techniques. It became apparent that we had to be subject matter experts. (more…)

Tandem Team in San Antonio

Jay Mercer, head of HR for Kenai Drilling LTD experiences his first skydive with SSG Jon Ewald

We were in San Antonio last week conducting tandems in connection with the Army’s All-American Bowl. While we enjoyed mild days with blue skies, a huge cold front swept through our home base of NC taking temps down into the teens…no complaints from any of us! Stinson Airport, a small private airport in south San Antonio treated us fabulously, as usual, and was there to help us at every turn.

The passengers included teachers, school administrators, and entrepreneurs from companies who are heavily involved with hiring vets. Unfortunately we didn’t stay for the game because we need to get home and prepare for our eight week winter training period, which starts next week. We had a great time and can’t wait to come back to TX next year!

 

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