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A Golden Opportunity

Rim of the World Unified School District

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Anton Kiren, recruiter for the US Army, recently contacted Joe Urbaszewski at Rim of the World High School, asking him if he would tandem parachute jump with the US Army Golden Knights. He told Joe there was no pressure, but he needed to know in ten minutes. Joe of course said, “Yes!” He was thrilled to be offered the opportunity, as the Golden Knights are very well known for their thrilling acrobatics air shows.

Joe Urbaszewski, who teaches ROP TV-Video Production, was excited to learn about how much the US Army uses multimedia. A videographer jumps with each group to document the maneuvers for training and competitions. Back on the ground, they use similar video editing software, and techniques that Joe teaches in his classroom. He learned about the individual jobs that each member was responsible for, how they began their careers, and career options that were available in multimedia. It was a great informational day to discuss jobs within the military that align with the ROP classes that Joe teaches.

The Knights Tandem Team arrived at Skydive Perris to a foggy, drizzly day. They rounded up the educators, and bounced right into training mode. The educators were instructed in safety and procedures, and had a day filled with lively activities, interacting with the high-spirited Knight’s, and the recruiter group. Joe completed his tandem jump with Sergeant First Class Brian Sealing, as the weather cleared to a bright and sunny day. Everyone was amazed to see a golden eagle soaring with the gold and black parachutes, as they glided downward through the sky.

As a recruiter, SSG Kiren loves to be able to offer these types of activities to teachers that have gone above and beyond for their students and communities. Our ROP teachers offer real-world job experiences and knowledge to our students, and deserve recognition for the awesome jobs they do every day. Our interactions with SSG Kiren have shown us that he is not only dedicated to his job of recruiting for careers within the US Army, but works to make sure that our students are educated in the responsibilities of service, so they can make informed decisions.
We applaud his honesty and genuine drive to help students reach their career goals, and we give our thanks for his service to our country.

Joe can now say he is part of the VIP group of tandem jumpers, which includes former President Bush, Bill Murray, Tiger Woods and Tony Stewart. Thank you SSG Kiren, and the US Army, for rewarding our ROP teacher, Joe Urbaszewski, with one of the most exhilarating experiences of his life.

The Army video of Joe’s jump can be viewed at: