Condition of One Injured Army Golden Knights Member Upgraded

Two members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights drift down while one carries the Arkansas state flag during the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 27, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristine M. Gruwell)
Two members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights drift down while one carries the Arkansas state flag during the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 27, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristine M. Gruwell)

The condition of one member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team has been upgraded while two others remains critical, an Army spokesman said Thursday.

The soldiers were injured about 4 a.m. Tuesday during a training exercise at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida, Army Recruiting Command said in a news release Tuesday. The base is the winter training location for the Golden Knights.

Two soldiers were in critical condition and a third was in serious condition, officials said.

"As of this morning, two are in critical condition, and one was upgraded to fair condition," Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, a spokesman for Army Recruiting Command, said Thursday.

The Army has not released the names of the soldiers.

A safety investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is investigating the cause of the accident.

The soldiers were participating in a routine night training operation, Army officials said Tuesday.

Florida television station WTVJ-NBC6 reported the soldiers were injured during a training exercise called a "halo jump," where they were as high as 14,000 feet in the air before opening their chutes shortly before hitting the ground.

The Fort Bragg-based Golden Knights fall under the Army Recruiting Command's Marketing and Engagement Brigade. They are a Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration team, with about 95 men and women, the team's website states.

This article is written by Rachael Riley from The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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