U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team give Chicago-landers a once in a lifetime experience

By Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-MidwestSeptember 5, 2009

A view of a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, while another floats around in the breath-taking blue sky over Otawa, IL at Skydive Chicago, where the week-long tandem camp was held.
1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A view of a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, while another floats around in the breath-taking blue sky over Otawa, IL at Skydive Chicago, where the week-long tandem camp was held. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Jared Zell, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Freefall Photographer, lands before the tandem jumpers to shoot video of their landing. Zell, with 2,715 jumps, is the newest member of the team.
2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Jared Zell, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Freefall Photographer, lands before the tandem jumpers to shoot video of their landing. Zell, with 2,715 jumps, is the newest member of the team. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
A look at the tandem approach.
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A look at the tandem approach. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Stacey Baca, ABC 7 Chicago, interviews Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott , U.S. Army Golden Knights, after she just did a tandem jump with Elliott at Skydive Chicago, Ottawa, IL. Elliott, with over 10,000 jumps, serves as both the Tandem Team Leader and a Tandem Instructor.
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Stacey Baca, ABC 7 Chicago, interviews Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott , U.S. Army Golden Knights, after she just did a tandem jump with Elliott at Skydive Chicago, Ottawa, IL. Elliott, with over 10,000 jumps, serves as both the Tandem Team Leader and a Tandem Instructor. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Golden Knights Pilot, Maj. Robert Degand, gives a thumbs up from his aircraft right before take off for the next round of tandem jumpers. The Golden Knights were in IL for a week-long tandem camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL.
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Golden Knights Pilot, Maj. Robert Degand, gives a thumbs up from his aircraft right before take off for the next round of tandem jumpers. The Golden Knights were in IL for a week-long tandem camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Joe Jones, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, exits the drop zone to get ready for another tandem jump at Skydive Chicago. Jones has over 4,000 jumps, with over 600 of those being tandems.
6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Joe Jones, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, exits the drop zone to get ready for another tandem jump at Skydive Chicago. Jones has over 4,000 jumps, with over 600 of those being tandems. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. First Class Eric Heinsheimer, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Freefall Photographer, zooms in like lightning at about 50 MPH into Skydive Chicago. The Golden Knights gave each tandem jumper at their week-long tandem camp a personalized DVD of their experience, thanks to photographers like Heinsheimer who jump in first to catch their landing for the video.
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. First Class Eric Heinsheimer, U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Freefall Photographer, zooms in like lightning at about 50 MPH into Skydive Chicago. The Golden Knights gave each tandem jumper at their week-long tandem camp a personalized DVD of their experience, thanks to photographers like Heinsheimer who jump in first to catch their landing for the video. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Elliott, shows the tandem jumpers the proper exit from the aircraft, as part of his class of instruction.
8 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Elliott, shows the tandem jumpers the proper exit from the aircraft, as part of his class of instruction. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Nancy Loo, FOX News Chicago, interviews Chicago Bears Co-Owner Brian McCaskey after they both did a tandem jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, Fort Bragg, NC.
9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Nancy Loo, FOX News Chicago, interviews Chicago Bears Co-Owner Brian McCaskey after they both did a tandem jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, Fort Bragg, NC. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The U.S. Army Golden Knight Aircraft, C-31 Friendship Fokker, as Pilots Maj Robert Degand and Capt. Craig Blackwood take off for another tandem drop.
10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Army Golden Knight Aircraft, C-31 Friendship Fokker, as Pilots Maj Robert Degand and Capt. Craig Blackwood take off for another tandem drop. (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team. From left to right: GK Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Mike Eitinier; Sgt. 1st Class David Herwig; Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Heinsheimer; Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger; Sgt. Jared Zell; Sgt. Joe Abeln; Sgt. John Ewald; Staff Sgt. Joe Jones; GK Executive Officer, Lt. Col James Bean. Front: Pilots, Maj. Robert Degand and Capt. Craig Blackwood
11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team. From left to right: GK Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Mike Eitinier; Sgt. 1st Class David Herwig; Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Heinsheimer; Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger; Sgt. Jared Zell; Sgt. Joe Abeln; Sgt. John Ewald; Staff Sgt. Joe Jones; GK Executive Officer, Lt. Col James Bean. Front: Pilots, Maj. Robert Degand and Capt. Craig Blackwood (Photo Credit: Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)) VIEW ORIGINAL