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Soldiers happy to have chance to meet Jacob Tamme

Former UK and NFL tight end Jacob Tamme gives a thumbs up as he sits in the pilot’s seat of an Army UH-60L. during a tour of the Army Reserve’s 8-229th Assault Helicopter Battalion that is based at Fort Knox.
(U.S. Army Photo/ Lee Elder, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Public Affairs)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former University of Kentucky all-Southeastern Conference tight end Jacob Tamme didn’t get to make a tandem jump with the Army Golden Knights as he had anticipated because of weather conditions last week.

Tamme was among a group of athletes, educators and media invited to participate in the tandem parachute jump sponsored by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Nashville. He was nominated by central Kentucky Army recruiters to be part of the special event that was scheduled to land in front of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command headquarters at Fort Knox.

Lee Elder, advertising and public affairs chief for the Recruiting Battalion in Nashville, said Tamme was an “exemplary citizen” and also has been active with veterans — his annual golf scramble helps raise money to build specially adapted homes for wounded veterans.

“The fact that he was well known in central Kentucky after a stellar career at UK — as both a student and an athlete — and the NFL was a big plus. We’re hoping he can help us recruit America’s future veterans at some point,” Elder said.

“We were unable to jump, but we did take Jacob around several spots on post. A lot of soldiers were very happy to have their picture made with Jacob, and we’re going to try to have him back next year.”

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