Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ty Kettenhofen, who had served as a member of the United States Army Golden Knights parachute demonstration team since 2020, died Monday, March 13th, following a training jump at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. Kettenhofen had over 1,000 jumps with the Army. The accident remains under investigation.
Lt. Col. Andy Moffit, Golden Knights Parachute Team commander, said in a statement to the press,
“The U.S. Army Parachute Team is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Sgt. 1st Class Ty Kettenhofen was loved, admired, and respected by all those who knew him for his sense of humor, joy of life, and accomplishments as a senior non-commissioned officer and demonstration parachutist. Our hearts and faith are with his family and friends as we grieve and heal with them. Ty will be honored and remembered as a Golden Knight, Soldier, and friend.”
As reported in the Miami Herald, the 37-year-old sergeant survived a bad landing and was rushed to Jackson South Medical Center in Kendall, Florida. He underwent surgery, but his injuries were too severe, and he died.