Marty Bartlett and a member of the Golden Knights tandem jump over San Antonio.
Marty Bartlett, who grew up in Shelbyville and now lives in Texas, experienced the thrill of a lifetime recently -- tandem jumping with the Golden Knights, the elite U.S. Army parachute team.
The jumpers shortly after departing the plane.
Bartlett was chosen with several other Texas civic leaders because of significant work done in conjunction with the Army in San Antonio. They were taken to a height of 13,000 feet, jumped and free fell for about two miles before their parachutes opened. They glided down for the last half-mile over the next five minutes. Each made a picture-perfect landings
Bartlett is the chief operations officer of M4 Technologies, a government contracting company that supports the Army and Air Force, and the chief executive officer of Pivotal Funding Group, a financing company that funds small businesses specializing in government work. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children. His mother, Emily Bartlett, resides in Shelbyville.