Injured Army Golden Knight Released from Hospital

A U.S. Army soldier with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team delivers the American flag at the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic City International Airshow “16th Annual Thunder Over The Boardwalk” at Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. (New Jersey National Guard photo/Mark C. Olsen)
A U.S. Army soldier with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team delivers the American flag at the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic City International Airshow “16th Annual Thunder Over The Boardwalk” at Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. (New Jersey National Guard photo/Mark C. Olsen)

A member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team who was injured during a training accident last week has been released from the hospital, and the team plans to resume training on Tuesday, an Army spokeswoman said.

The soldier and two of his teammates were injured Feb. 12 at the team's winter training location, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida, officials said last week.

"Two soldiers remain in critical, but stable condition," Kelli Bland, director of public affairs for Army Recruiting Command, said Monday afternoon. "The third was released from the hospital Thursday night."

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 last week.

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.

"They're going to start training again tomorrow, as a complete safety evaluation has been conducted, so they'll be able to resume airborne operations tomorrow," Bland said.

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.

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