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Golden Knights, to Receive Award

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, to be Honored with the 2022 Bruce Whitman Trophy

National Aeronautic Association News Release:

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights,

to be Honored with the 2022 Bruce Whitman Trophy Washington, DC, February 15, 2022 – The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, have been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Bruce Whitman Trophy.

The Bruce Whitman Trophy was established by the Board of Directors of NAA in 2019 to honor the late aerospace executive and philanthropist. Whitman was posthumously named as the first recipient of the trophy the same year, followed by General J.R. “Jack” Dailey in 2020 and Erin Miller in 2021. The trophy is awarded to “… outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation or aerospace in the United States, and who by working with museums and other institutions have promoted an appreciation by students and the broader public of the sacrifices and legacy of members of the military service.” A deserving nominee is put forth annually by the Chairman of the NAA and approved by the NAA Executive Committee. For more than 60 years, members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights, have been marking milestones of achievement and an evolution of excellence serving as the “Ambassadors of the Army.” The more than a hundred men and women who make up the Golden Knights conduct worldwide parachute demonstrations, competitions, and a tandem orientation program to connect the U.S. Army with the American public and enhance the Army’s recruiting efforts, while simultaneously providing technical expertise in support of military free-fall programs.

Serving under the leadership of the United States Army Recruiting Command and Marketing Engagement Brigade, the Golden Knights are separated into eight sections - the Black and Gold demonstration teams, a tandem team, two competition teams, a select training team, a headquarters section, and an aviation detachment that flies hundreds of sorties annually to directly support the various parachuting teams. The Golden Knights annually reach a third of our nation by performing spectacular live parachute demonstrations for the American public. The team has performed more than 21,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching and inspiring more than 20,000 people per show. The team has won an impressive record of more than 460 national championships and more than 100 world championships, earning the Army 2,148 gold, 1,117 silver, and 693 bronze medals in national and international competition. These achievements have made them not only the most successful Department of Defense sports team, but also the most successful parachute team in the world.

The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit membership organization devoted to fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and to promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States. NAA is the caretaker of some of the most important aviation awards in the world and certifies all national aviation records set in the United States. For information, visit


Contact: Stephanie Griffith, Director of Awards, Events, and Membership 703-416-4888 Ext 104 - - National Aeronautic Association, Reagan National Airport, General Aviation Terminal, Hangar 7, Suite 202 Washington, DC 20001


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