Dana Bowman

  • Special Forces Soldier & member of the U.S. Army's elite parachute team, the Golden Knights
  • Double-Leg Amputee and Inspirational Speaker

Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. Dana Bowman is a double amputee. He lost his legs in a skydiving accident that gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training. Bowman’s legs were severed from his body, and his partner died instantly. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Dana has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, & People along with TV shows like: Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra. 

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  • Dana's presentations will inspire and transform the audience as they rediscover their abilities and aspire to new leadership roles.
  • All presentations are custom-tailored to the audience, centered on your organization's needs and objectives, and will appeal to all age groups and professions.
  • Speech Titles:
  • It's not the Disability, It's the Ability
  • Conquering Adversity
  • Mastering Change - The Only Constant
  • Flying High Into your Event! A breathtaking, inspirational sight, and the perfect way to begin an unforgettable keynote with Dana. He can skydive into your events: a grand opening, meeting, or sporting event. All wide-eyed attendees will watch a double-amputee land on a dime every time. Then Dana will remove his chute and further prove that if we choose to be disabled, we will be disabled. If we choose to live life to its fullest, we will find continual fulfillment and inspiration.
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  • Adventure
  • After Dinner Speakers
  • Attitude
  • Change
  • Dana's topics include: team-building, leadership development, health and wellness, overcoming adversity, mastering change, fostering a safe and positive work environment, drug and alcohol awareness, goal setting and motivation.
  • Disability Issues
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Military
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  • Other Speaking Topics:
  • Safety
  • Team Building
  • Team Building
  • Youth and School Events
  • Youth and School Events

Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. Dana Bowman is a double amputee. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994.On February 6,1994, Bowman gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training.Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly back toward each other crisscrossing in the sky. Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different.Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly. Bowman’s legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Bowman’s parachute opened on impact. He was taken to a hospital in Phoenix where doctors closed his leg wounds and stopped his internal bleeding.Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the United States Army airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality. This achievement is just one example of Bowman’s many successes under adverse circumstances.After Dana’s re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. Dana has been fortunate to have the opportunity to let his speeches touch so many from the physically challenged to the able-bodied. He strives to show physically challenged people can still work and excel in today’s society and military. Dana emphasizes the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous. Dana has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, People and many more. There have also been numerous television programs which focused on Dana and his story. Some of the programs include: Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra.Dana retired from the United States Army in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota in May of 2000.Dana spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. "Dana inspires other amputees to walk again. His future plans are to continue to speak to the public and fly helicopters.

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