SD Guard Soldier sky dives with US Army Golden Knights

The Expert Seven is given annually to recognize the most outstanding recruiting team leader in the region’s Strength Maintenance Advisory Group that exemplifies superior leadership and strength maintenance skills in all functions of recruiting and retention.

“Every regions’ recruiting and retention NCO and NCOIC winners were awarded a tandem jump,” said Baumgarn. “I was the Strength Maintenance Advisory Group Region VI winner.”

The SMAG VI region also includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Baumgarn received instructional training and watched a video before being driven to the airfield and preforming the tandem jump.

“They drive you out to the airport and you get on a plane, that’s the nervous part of it,” said Baumgarn. “Then you just jump out the door.”

Baumgren had an excellent time and was very appreciative of the opportunity to tandem jump with the Golden Knights.

“It was a phenomenal experience,” said Baumgarn. “The first second out of the plane was nerve racking then it was probably the coolest thing I have ever done.”

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