Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ty Kettenhofen
Golden Knights team member dies after training accident
By | March 14, 2023
A member of the United States Army Parachute Team died on March 13, 2023.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Garner and Staff Sgt. Conour Jernigan of the U.S. Army Parachute Team prepare to exit a C-147A over Homestead, Florida on 3 Feb. 2022. USAPT is hosting skydiving training for Fort Bragg Soldiers interested in joining the team. (U.S. Army photo by Megan Hackett)
Army parachute team to host training for local Soldiers
By | Feb. 18, 2022
The U.S. Army Parachute Team will host skydiving training as a part of their Green Platoon Initiative to recruit Fort Bragg Soldiers that aspire to join the team, but lack skydiving experience.

Mike and Nick Norton
Military Recruiting is a Family Affair
By Advertising and Public Affairs Office | Jan. 19, 2022
For some, service in the Army is a family business. Family members serving simultaneously is not rare, although it’s less common for siblings to be part of the same organization and share a similar mission.

Master Sgt. Jennifer Davidson, two-time World Parachuting Champion and Military World Games Champion, U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights.” (Photo credit U.S. Army)
One U.S. Army Parachute Team ‘Golden Knights’ member uses her down time to help the community
By Sgt. 1st Class Reshema G. Sherlock | May 6, 2020
On any normal day, Master Sgt. Jennifer Davidson can be found jumping out of airplanes, training with her teammates in competitive skydiving. Davidson, a two-time World Parachuting Champion and Military World Games Champion, puts her skills to the test competing around the globe, showcasing the skill and determination of the American Soldier to the world as a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the “Golden Knights.”

Army Golden Knights C-147 takes off from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station during a recent airshow.  (Photo by USAPT)
Army Parachute Team welcomes new plane
By USAMEB Public Affairs | Nov. 1, 2019
The U.S. Army Parachute Team, also known as the Golden Knights, welcomed a second C-147A aircraft on Oct. 16, highlighting efforts to improve safety, readiness and reduce operating costs for the Army’s official parachute demonstration team.




Golden Knights are Army Soldiers first, but they also have a unique history and creed that sets them apart.




In 1959, nineteen Airborne Soldiers from various military units formed the Strategic Army Command Parachute Team (STRAC). Brigadier General Joseph Stilwell Jr. gathered the Soldiers with the intent of competing in the relatively new sport of skydiving, which at that time was dominated by the Soviet Union. That year, the U.S. Army team began representing the United States on the international competition circuit, and performed their first demonstration in Danville, Virginia. Two years later, the Department of Defense announced that the STRAC team would become the United States Army Parachute Team.

By 1962, the team earned the nickname the "Golden Knights". "Golden" signified the gold medals the team had won while "Knights" alluded to the team’s ambition to conquer the skies.

Since then, the Golden Knights have conducted more than 16,000 shows in 50 states and 48 countries, reaching an average of 60,000 people per show. The team has earned the U.S. Army 2,148 gold, 1,117 silver, and 693 bronze medals in national and international competition. Team members have also broken 348 world records.  

The Golden Knights are one of only three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The team is composed of approximately 95 men and women, which includes four parachute units, an aviation unit and a headquarters. The demonstration teams, which use five dedicated aircraft, perform at more than 100 events per year. The tandem section is known for taking Soldiers, celebrities and heads of state on jumps, and the competition section focuses on winning national and international skydiving events.




Under a canopy of black and gold I fly the colors of the Army. I volunteered to become an ambassador of my service and I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, high standards, and esprit de corps of the United States Army Parachute Team. The memories, achievements and legacy of all my predecessors are my responsibility; I will not fail them.

Safety is my way of life. Nothing is worth its compromise. No jump is so important, no flight is so essential, and no activity that pressing. All shall look to me for the standard.

Always will I keep myself mentally alert, substance free, physically fit, and morally straight. I represent the image of the U. S. Army. I cannot lose the confidence entrusted in me as a Golden Knight and I will not tolerate those who do.

Professionalism is my trademark regardless of the time or place. My pursuit of excellence in training and performance is with diligence, dedication and attention to detail. My own goals are second to those of the Team and the expectation of me to pass on my skills to all who desire.

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.