Like other branches of the Armed Forces, the Army has a marketing department. While this department may be more widely known for their GoArmy commercials, they also engage in public displays at airshows and other sporting events. One of the teams that the Army uses for this kind of marketing is the United States Army Competitive Parachute Team, often called simply The Golden Knights. The team consists of about 95 men and women and is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. However, they spend winters and execute training exercises in Homestead, Florida. It was there that a skydiving incident left three soldiers injured, as the Miami Herald reports.
According to the military, three soldiers serving in the U.S. Army were injured in a parachuting accident over Homestead Air Reserve Base early Tuesday morning.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue answered the call at just after 4:006 a.m. The soldiers were transferred to Ryder Trauma Center. All three were still hospitalized as of Tuesday evening. Two of the soldiers suffered from critical injuries and the third suffered from serious injuries. All three soldiers are members of the Golden Knights parachute demonstration team.
A civilian staff member with the Golden Knights, Donna Dixon, said that the team members were conducting “night operations” when something went wrong during a free fall. The identification of the soldiers and the extent of their injuries has not been released pending notification of their families.
Staff Sgt. Robert Dodge, who is a spokesperson for the Army, said that the incident is currently under investigation.