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News | March 14, 2023

Golden Knights team member dies after training accident


A member of the United States Army Parachute Team died on March 13, 2023.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ty Kettenhofen passed away from injuries sustained during a training jump at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida.

Sgt. 1st Class Kettenhofen joined the Golden Knights in the fall of 2020. He had over 1,000 jumps with the U.S. Army.

“The U.S. Army Parachute Team is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Sgt. 1st Class Ty Kettenhofen was loved, admired, and respected by all those who knew him for his sense of humor, joy of life and accomplishments as a senior non-commissioned officer and demonstration parachutist,” said Lt. Col. Andy Moffit, Golden Knights Parachute Team commander. “Our hearts and faith are with his family and friends as we grieve and heal with them. Ty will be honored and remembered as a Golden Knight, Soldier, and friend.”

The accident is under investigation and no further details are currently available.




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