US Army Golden Knights Drop In To Thank RSMAS

L-R: SGT Jon Lopez, SGT Ken Severin, Dr. Roni Avissar, Rose Mann, Raul Mas, Susan Gerrish and SSGT Shelby Bixler.

L-R: SGT Jon Lopez, SGT Ken Severin, Dr. Roni Avissar, Rose Mann, Raul Mas, Susan Gerrish and SSGT Shelby Bixler.

RSMAS received members of the US Army Parachute Team, the famed “Golden Knights”, on Virginia Key where they thanked Dean Roni Avissar and other staff and faculty members for their hospitality. The Rosenstiel School hosted the Golden Knights on a picnic and shark tagging experience at the Broad Key Research Station in February. The event allowed the team to take a well-deserved break from their rigorous training schedule at Homestead Air Reserve Base. In fact, one Golden Knights team member showed up at Broad Key on crutches, not wanting to miss the opportunity to enjoy some sun, sand, surf (and sharks!)

SSGT Shelby Bixler presented Avissar and others with colorful lithographs showing the team executing a wide variety of aerial maneuvers including free-fall formations and canopy relative work. She read a message from Golden Knights Commander LTC Jose Enrique Meléndez and thanked those assembled saying that “as soldiers we’re used to serving and doing so without the expectation of reward; we were humbled by your act of kindness and wanted to say thank you for treating us like family.”

Avissar accepted his gift and thanked the Golden Knights for their military service noting that “we owe our soldiers our appreciation and anything that RSMAS has done pales in comparison to the service you provide to us.”

The Golden Knights have been in existence since 1959. They travel the US and the world doing air show demonstrations, parachuting into stadiums, participating in national and international competitions and performing tandem parachute jumps with distinguished guests such as former President George H.W. Bush. They are the face of the US Army and proudly represent the more than one million soldiers that make up its ranks. http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil/

‘Golden Knights’ SSGT Shelby Bixler, SGT Jon Lopez and SGT Ken Severin took a tour of the University of Miami’s research vessel, the F.G. Walton Smith with Captain Shawn Lake.

‘Golden Knights’ SSGT Shelby Bixler, SGT Jon Lopez and SGT Ken Severin took a tour of the University of Miami’s research vessel, the F.G. Walton Smith with Captain Shawn Lake.