LAURINBURG--The U.S. Army Golden Knights started in 1959, since then they have become a nationally recognized elite team. Now, there is a competition team, tandem team, and several other sections that make up the Golden Knights. News 14 Carolina Reporter Amanda Weber took a leap with the team.
In a matter of minutes, Weber would be jumping out an airplane 13,500 ft. in the air. After instruction, it was time to suit up. Something all of these US Army Golden Knights do daily. This elite team of men and women has been around since 1959, a competition team for the US Army. After winning so many gold medals, the name Golden Knights became theirs.
“The majority of impressions, we get millions and millions of people that watch our demonstrations at air shows every single weekend,” said Team Leader Golden Knights Tandem Section Sgt. 1st Class Joe Jones.
The training the Knights do is not easy. Practicing begins on the ground over and over again before taking it to the sky.
“We train as we fight, so we are going to train to be the best so that we can be,” said Staff Sgt. Jen Schaben
The Golden Knights are comprised of six different sections, aviation, headquarters, two demonstration teams, tandem, and competition. Weber was jumping with the tandem team.
“Not just military training, but the pride each jumper takes in safety in their job, its a voluntary unit and we want the best of the best that the Army has to offer,” said Sgt. 1st class Noah Watts
The Golden Knights said their goal is to connect America with America's Army; showing these men and women protect us not just in combat, but also in the sky.
“The Golden Knights just in 50 years has a highly rich history in just everything they have done, and the pursuit of parachuting and safe parachuting,” said Watts.
The U.S. Army Golden Knights said training never stops. Each January they recruit new team members and train Monday through Friday.