Army's Golden Knights highlight Fort Hood celebration

Published: Oct. 21, 2018 at 12:38 AM CDT
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High above the clouds, a special group made a grand entrance at Fort Hood Saturday night.

The U.S. Army's parachute team, also known as the Golden Knights, landed on the base to help celebrate the III Corp's 100-year anniversary.

Members come from all backgrounds with the same thing in common: the love and excitement of being in the sky.

"It's a great job. I managed to melt my passion for the sport of skydiving with my Army job. All of us on the Golden Knights hold our original military occupation specialities. It's great to be traveling the United States and the world 250 days a year," SSG Marcus Denniston said.

The Golden Knights team is based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Sergeant First Class Jesse Robbins says the group trained for nearly two months, perfecting their routines. Being able to jump out of a moving plane becomes natural.

"We take off and land with the doors open. So, once you take off, you already feel the wind coming into the fuselage and it is awesome. You automatically get that thrill and excitement," Robbins said.

As the plane climbed to 13,000 feet in the sky, you could feel the anticipation of the jump.

With one quick swoop, each member proceeded to jump off the plane and provide a grand show for spectators below.

Robbins says fans on the ground add more to the show.

"Yelling, screaming, cheering. They love to see what the Golden Knights can do and landing on a small target," he added.