LAS VEGAS – Army Golden Knights infiltrated Las Vegas, NV on Saturday to begin preparations for the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). This annual meeting brings together and eclectic mix of Air Show Organizers, Sponsors, Performers and Exhibitors. The purpose? To prepare for the 2011 Air Show Season through direct coordination. The end result is a full schedule of events across America!
The first day we, along with the two other DoD sanctioned Demonstration Teams, the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds release our approved schedules based on existing Air Show requests received and accepted prior to ICAS. After that, other event organizers look for holes in our schedule that align with their events in order to determine the best opportunities for a win-win event. As a result, we’ve already received several requests to help fill our 2011 Demonstration Schedule.
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) opened the convention with a compelling speech that ranged from the early days of air shows and his experiences as a Thunderbird Pilot to his experiences flying combat missions and a Prisoner of War (POW). His remarks captivated and entertained the audience in a way that’s hard to describe. Because it was so powerful, we’ve requested ICAS post the video online. If successful, we’ll add a link here later.
During the Marketing Competition Awards luncheon today, the Army Golden Knights had the opportunity to recognize the best Air Shows of the 2010 Show Season. LTC Joe Martin and SFC Paul Sachs presented the hand crafted Excaliber Sword Displays in front of an audience of over 1,400 people.
o Black Demonstration Team selected the Amigo Air Show in El Paso, TX as their “Best Show of the Year.”
o Gold Demonstration Team selected the Cape Girardeau, MO as their “Best Show of the Year.”
Selections were difficult given the tremendous support we’ve enjoyed over the course of the year. Teams selected those shows who went above and beyond to support America’s Army in allowing us to tell our Army strong stories though media outlets, extensive community outreach and creative marketing efforts.
We’re looking forward to finishing the convention strong and bringing home a full schedule as well as hopefully winning an award for “Best Booth.” Vote for us!
After we get home, the Black and Gold Demonstration Team Leaders will meet with our Show Scheduler and Operations Officer to divide the schedule up as fairly and effectively as possible with the goal of having our 2011 Show Schedule posted by Wednesday, December 15th.
Stay tuned…you’ll hear it here first!