Army Parachute Team graduates first wounded warrior and largest female class
By Cheryle RivasOctober 31, 2008
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the "Golden Kinght's" 2008 Assessment and Selection program graduated 12 Soldiers earning the prestigious honor of wearing the black and gold uniform -- representing the Army's official ambassadors. This year's graduating class included five females, the largest group to graduate in ten years, and the team's first wounded warrior.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Metzdorf is an above-the-knee amputee who was assigned to the parachute team through the Wounded Warrior program. He endured the rigorous training and testing that each of his fellow Soldiers endured and was able to graduate alongside his peers during a jump demonstration and knighting ceremony.
Also graduating was the team's first female reservist, Sgt. Jennifer Schaben.
To be selected to the team, an individual must be on active-duty status, have completed 150 free-fall parachute jumps and have a good military and civilian record.
Individuals submit their packets for selection, a process that includes a rigorous six-week assessment and selection program of training.
Members that successfully completed the six-week training program were knighted Friday in a special ceremony as an official member of the Golden Knights.