The Golden Knights were invited back to Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia to perform at the homecoming game. However the winds in rare form at the stadium were over 30 miles per hour. Unfortunately the team was not able to jump just moments before the kick off at 3:05 p.m. against Rice University. The winds didn’t get the best of our team though. It was beautiful sight at 2,500 feet looking down on the Ohio River and trees changing colors. The winds were not only a tricky part for the jumpers to land; our pilots CW4 Jason Davis, Mr. Dave Clay, and Crew Chief SGT Jusseppe Silvagnoli had their work cut out for them. Even with a tricky crosswind we jumpers in the back couldn’t believe the most impressive and smooth landing ever. Our lives are every day in the hands of our “Team 6″ brothers.
After we landed back at Huntington Tri-State Airport the entire team returned to Joan C. Edwards stadium where we linked back up with our ground crew. SGT George Perez of Caguas Puerto Rico and SSG Jen Espinosa of Thousand Oaks, California. The ground crew has the daunting task of relaying at sometimes unfortunate information as the winds being too high for safe jump operations. However without our amazing ground crew we would never be able to perform so many demonstrations before millions of spectators each year. We then presented a token of friendship to Athletic Director Mr. Scott Morehouse. Scott was our secondary POC and made everything possible for the team to have a smooth and easy transition for our jump operations.
Although we were not able to jump into the game the team still had a positive effect on the community. We were able to reach out and speak to many of the recruits that took their oath of enlistment with many of them shipping out for basic training early this week. Even the Thundering Herd managed a victory in the late 4th quarter of 24-20.