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Oregon International Air Show

PHOTO BYweb RICH (2)Gold Demonstration Team has just returned from Hillsboro, Oregon, where they performed at the renowned Oregon International Air Show. The team conducted six performances over four days, to include a night jump followed by a fantastic fireworks show. Accompanying Gold Team, three members from the Golden Knights Tandem section traveled to the show to provide tandem parachute jumps to four specially chosen individuals.

The weather could not have been more beautiful and the shows were outstanding due to amazing people of Hillsboro. The team had the opportunity to work with local recruiters and spent time at their location after their performance on Saturday and Sunday. One of Gold Teams favorite things to do after a performance is allow the attending children to help pack up the parachutes for the next jump. The kids in Oregon were very eager to help and did a fantastic job.

After the packing was done for the day, the team ventured to the “Meet the Performers” tent, where they signed autographs alongside the many other performers. The weekend was full of fun and excitement, as the team performed two full shows, two mass shows, a track-out jump, and a night performance. The narrators for the full show jumped in both the United States and Canadian flags, and had the huge honor of being circled by Shawn Tucker in his aerobatic plane, while flying in the colors.

The team also provided four tandem jumps to selected VIP’s to include the following: Iain Cummings (pilot #7 on the snowbirds), Connor Robins (Marine Corps, combat cameraman), Derek Duggans (High School math and science teacher), and Timothy Wrobel (Media representative and technician of Droid). The Gold Demonstration Team had a great time in the beautiful state of Oregon and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone that attended the Air Show.

The team looks forward to the next opportunity to perform for this exciting and eager crowd! Until then, Blue Skies!!

SSG Sherri Gallagher

8-Way Formation Team World Champions

army rig and medalsAs the 2014 U.S. Skydiving National Championships come to a close, the Golden Knights will be returning to Fort Bragg, N.C. with a few more medals to add to their trophy case. The Golden Knights won Bronze in 4-way open and Gold in 4-way female, 8-way open, 10-way speed, 16-way, and 4-way VFS advanced. The total medal count for this year’s Championships was 58, with 52 being gold, and 6 being bronze. The 8-way team had a stellar performance in which they set a new 8-Way World Record by scoring the most points ever in a single competition with 237 points. This topped the previous record of 229 points which the Golden Knights also held. They also remain the reigning Overall Formation Skydiving Champions for the fourth year in a row. It was a bitter sweet victory though as the 8-way team says goodbye to SFC Mike LaRoche. SFC LaRoche finishes his competitive career on the Golden Knights as an 18-time National Champion, 2-time World Champion, and a World Cup Champion. He will be leaving the Golden Knight family after being accepted to the Army’s Physician Assistant Program. SFC LaRoche leaves us on a high note, he has gained the respect, admiration, and gratitude of the American public and his teammates.

United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights Female 4-Way Competition Teams Sweeping the World

IMG_1890-wThe U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knight Female 4-way Team (GKF4),have already brought home a total of eighteen medals from the 2014 World Championship in Czech Republic and the 2014 USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago.

The GKF4 had a fight to the finish in round 10, but took home the Bronze in the 4-way FS Open category. They stole the Gold for Women’s 4-way FS Open category and set a national and Illinois state record for most points in a round by an all women 4-way FS in an Open category with 29 points. The previous record was 28 set by GKF4 last year at USPA Nationals (Skydive Chicago.)

These dynamical ladies are whirling through the world like a class four tornado (a growing force not to be reckoned with.)

The GKF4 and US Women’s Team is comprised of Team Leader and veteran competitor Sergeant 1st Class Angela Nichols, who did a phenomenal job mentoring her teammates, Sergeant 1st Class Dannielle Woosley, Sergeant 1st Class Laura Dickmeyer and Sergeant 1st Class Jennifer Davidson and videographer Sergeant 1st Class Scott Janise.

Continue to follow the Golden Knights and help us by sharing our story and wishing the best to our amazing GKF4 Team. They have traversed across the world to Solo, Indonesia to represent the Soldiers and US in the Military Parachuting Championships

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