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Ride Along with The Army’s Golden Knights

DT’s video exper Glenn Anderson got the jealousy inducing opportunity to do a ride along with the Army’s Black Golden Knights (apologies for that one guys, I must have had college football on the brain) parachute demo team during last weekend’s air show at Joint Base Andrews in the Washington, DC, suburds. The above video shows the results. Unfortunatley they didn’t give him his own chute to jump with. I say he should have tried this anyway.

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Jeff Stevens May 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Um…Golden Knights perhaps? My uncle was SGM Gary Mohler, maybe the longest-serving Golden Knight http://www.goldenknightsaa.com/roster/detail.asp?…. I'm protective.

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Adam May 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Black Knight = medieval Villain
Golden Knight = Army Parachute Demo Team.

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Rob May 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Both partially correct.

Golden Knights: Black Demo Team and Gold Demo Team.

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Joe May 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

As much as I love a great Show, with things the way they are, maybe it's time for all military branches to rethink the money they spend for recruiting…kids (16 to 19 year olds that are thinking of military service) think a whole hell of a lot differently than what they did 20 years ago..plus with the internet and all, old style promotional ideas just don't grab em like they use to.
Army's Golden Knights, Marine Corps Silent Drill team and Band, Air Force Thunder Birds and the Navy's Blue Angels just don't grab the "kids" that much now days (Go to any Air Show and take a really good look at the people that attend…to Old or Very very young…not quite the demographics your spending your money on to bring into the recruiting office.
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Joe May 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Do away with these "Specialized Units" and turn that job over to Reserve and NG units. Frees up a ton of Assests and man power in the active forces to be put back into the Mean Machines rotational deployment groups, and allows the Local Reserve and NG's provide "The Show" for that potential Warrior. Besides, the Reserves and NG's should already be trained up to that capability.
I know I'll get the Bronks cheer on this…but, times have changed.

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Randy May 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. And they do it well - Hooha.

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Andrew G. May 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

The Black Knights is the mascot of West Point / USMA. There's a jump team there as well.

The Golden Knights are the Army's 'official' jump team.

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martha simpson May 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

Golden knights sounds exciting but they are paid and paid for, so please let them work. ask the general and kernel if all is well there.

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Carl May 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

The Golden Knights might be a good marketing pitch by the Army but they do not represent what true military parachuting is all about. The fact that they are jumping in pretty black jumpsuits on a bright sunny day with no equipment and obviously not going into combat upon landing is so far from reality that its funny.

Any potential Army recruit that wants to make Airborne operations one of his or her job skills, should be shown videos of some of the combat jumps by the 82nd or 173d Airborne units or of the Yuma Az. HALO school. At least they will know a little about what they volunteered for beforehand.

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