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.

Happy 88th Birthday to Our 41st President George H.W. Bush

It has been an honor and privilege to have been blessed with the phenomenal opportunities sharing times with one of the “Greatest” men that has ever lived. President George H.W. Bush has been a great support and dear friend to members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights for over twenty-three years.

The Command and members of the Golden Knights wish to extend a heartfelt wish of health and happiness to President Bush for his 88th  birthday . We look forward to actually celebrating his 90th birthday with him.

The Team initially jumped at President Bush’s Inauguration in 1989. He stated that he would like to make an actual parachute jump since he had to bail out of a plane during the war.

June 1942, Bush joined the United States Navy on his eighteenth birthday to become an aviator. On June 19, 1944 as a young Navy pilot during World War II, Bush had to jump out of his plane after it took enemy fire. The task force triumphed in one of the largest air battles of the war, but on his return from the mission Bush’s aircraft made a hard forced-water landing.

Chris Needles USPA President and former Golden Knight Team Commander and SFC Andy Serrano made an accelerated free fall jump with President Bush in Yuma Az. Then the team jumped with him for his 80th (41@80) birthday in College Station Texas on June 13, 2004 with Chuck Norris and Brit Humme. At 83 years young President Bush made a surprise appearance tandem jumping into the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the George H.W. Bush Library in 2007, and jumped again on his85th birthday At St. Anne’s Church at Walkers Point, Kennebunkport, Maine in 2009.

President Bush has came to Fort Bragg, to fly in the wind tunnel to train in preparation of his jumps, was guest speaker for the Golden Knight Reunion, and was monumental in support of the relocation of the Headquarters and building dedication.


Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

On Saturday June 2, 2012 the U.S. Army Parachute Team was honored in attending

 the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program in Los Angeles California. Operated by

the 63rd Regional Support Command over 1000 reservist men and women of the U.S. Army. (more…)

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