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Parachute team tells another side of the Army’s story

Feb 24, 2017

Two movie stars, a group of young veterans, an Olympian and a World War II bomber pilot took a leap out of a perfectly good airplane with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team Thursday. “Their reputation precedes them as an organization,” said Kyle Schmid, an actor who stars in “SIX,” a History Channel drama about the Navy Seals. “If you get an opportunity to do something like this, you have to take them up on it.” Schmid volunteers on behalf of the veteran’s advocacy group Got Your 6, whose executive director, retired Maj. Bill Rausch, also skydived with the Golden Knights Thursday. “It was awesome,” Rausch said. “You’re taken up there by absolute professionals and you put your complete trust in them. Everyone of those guys had my 6.” The Golden Knights, based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, spends its winters at Homestead Air Reserve Base. The team is a recruiting arm that “allows us to showcase the opportunities in the Army,” said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general of the Army’s Recruiting Command. Snow said the Army is a great choice for those wanting to make military service a career and a springboard into professional life for those who just want to serve a few years. Read more

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