Welcome to the United States Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights”
“The goal I pursue is simple, yet bears a responsibility I must discharge without reservation: when I have gained the respect, admiration, and gratitude of the American public and my teammates, then I have fulfilled my mission as a Golden Knight.”
Congratulations on your selection and assignment to the U.S. Army Parachute Team. You are now part of an organization with a long and distinctive history serving this great nation dating back to 1959. You will find our standards are high and our training is rigorous. The unique challenge of representing both our Army and our Nation as Ambassadors to the American public and world requires this. As ambassadors, we support the U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group’s efforts in marketing the Army Brand and support the U.S. Army accessions efforts through aerial demonstrations, national and international competitions, and our tandem orientation program to help connect the American people with the America’s Army.
You are arriving to the Team in a period of transition as the Army is downsizing to sustain a smaller and more capable force. This period of transition signifies a great opportunity for the Parachute Team to recapture its legacy as the skydiving community’s innovation leader in parachuting and freefall techniques. Our goals are attainable and our charge to you is to arrive prepared to assist in the research and development of our profession in order to spearhead the Parachute Team of tomorrow.
For more than 30 years the Golden Knights have had a special relationship with the Golden Knight Alumni Association. Unlike many alumni associations found throughout the Army, this one is truly world class. They represent six decades of Soldiers and families, world champions and record holders, dedicated supporters to our active Golden Knights and are professionals in every sense of the word. The GK Alumni Association sponsors several Soldier support activities that help the current Team members focus on maintaining both our world champion status and our profession. Please take your time to learn more about them here: http://www.goldenknightsaa.com/index.asp
We look forward to you and your family joining our Team. I am confident that you will find your tour of duty here both challenging and rewarding, and that you will have ample opportunity for personal and professional growth. Blue Skies!
Command Sergeant Major
Matthew J. Weinrich
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry