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Black Team Week Seven and Eight ACC

Larry diamond closing   Although our first air show in Biloxi, Mississippi is only a few weeks away,

we continue to stay focused on our Annual Certification training down here

in Homestead, Florida. During week seven and eight we had the opportunity

to work with long time friend of the team and WestPoint Coach, Mr. Tom

Falzone. The instruction and advice we received from him allowed the team to

hone in on our free fall skills, specifically when building (flying our

bodies together) numerous geometric shapes above Homestead Air Reserve Base.

The teams build formations ranging anywhere from ten to twenty four jumpers. In addition to working

with Mr. Falzone, the team has also been working closely with the United

States Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team “The Black Daggers,”

which has allowed both teams to improve their maneuvers and canopy skills

for the upcoming show season.


The team has been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to train and

eventually incorporate new maneuvers into our air show performances. Four

black team members were selected to begin wing suit training during week

seven. Each of them received a ground class from SFC Jon Ewald and SSG Chris

Clark, which included proper rigging of our parachute system into the wing

suit, exiting the aircraft, and flight characteristics of the wing suit

itself. We are eager to fly the US Army wing suits in the near future at air

shows, as well as other performances throughout the Nation.


During week eight Mr. Randy Swallows worked with our team photographers by

providing in depth classes on how the cameras we use on the team “think,”

which in turn allows our team free fall photographers to understand it’s

settings that will ultimately allow for a single photo to tell a Golden

Knight story. Each of the photographers received very informative and

easy-to-understand camera settings and technique classes ranging from basic

to advanced.


Wrapping up week seven and eight the team performed six full show

performances which allowed for our newest team mates to work on their

narration for the 2015 air show season that will enhance each of our

maneuvers for our spectators.

Looking ahead, the Black Demonstration Team

will be making training jumps into the Homestead NASCAR track and the

Florida Atlantic University Football field next week.

We are looking forward to heading back to Fort Bragg to spend time with our

families and prepping for our first show of the season in Biloxi, Mississippi!

Blue Skies

Black Team



Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo 4 (6)The 8-way FST and the Women’s 4-way FST competed in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships 2015. The Women’s 4-way FST earned third place in the open class behind the top two teams in the country. This year, their average score is 25.4 points compared to 24.1 last year. Their coach, Solly Williams, has mentored the team to better engineer exits from the airplane and be more aggressive with their formations, which has paid off. The Women’s 4-way FST has also been working with Mr. Joshua Orr from the Fort Bragg Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The CSF2 Team helps enhance their mental performance. The CSF2 Team will work with the rest of the USAPT over the year. The 8-way team had injuries preventing them from competing as a full 8-Way team. Instead, they broke up, combining with two collegiate teams to coach and compete with other members of the skydiving competition community. The 8-Way Team received great feedback on their course of action and drew several more teams to the competition. The 8-Way also chose four men who competed in the 4-way competition. Despite not training for 4-Way, they managed to take the fifth place out of 14 teams.

At Homestead ARB, FL, videographer Mr. Randy Swallows worked with the Demonstration and Tandem Teams on techniques for freefall photography and videography. Mr. Swallows taught the class how to pick the best settings and equipment based on the environment and type of shot desired. His recommendations for new equipment and placement for Army branding to ensure the best marketing exposure on our photos and videos were simple and economical.

Though the Team faced many weather delays for winds, the Team focused on full show demonstration maneuvers and integrating wing suits into the show.

USAPT would like to congratulate the Formation Skydiving Teams for their work in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships; the Women’s 4-way FST for taking third place and the 8-Way FST for their creativity and effort to stay active in the event while combining with collegiate Teams. Their hard work and dedication exemplify what it takes to be part of the Army Team.

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TEAM SIX BLOG WEEK 2015-02(23-27)

150210-A-XXXXX-001Welcome back to the Team Six Blog. If you are here reading this now, then maybe you are interested in how our prostrations to Sky Six from last week fared. Well, we can tell this much… the skies lifted… somewhat… and the winds abated… somewhat. This week communication was the name of the game. Team Six, and all the teams, for that matter, jumped (pun intended) on each and every fleeting moment the weather even hinted that it would give a window of opportunity. Frequent calls were made from the drop zone to the flight line and back again, querying the crews on duty, making assessments of weather reports and available forecasts, always ready at a moment’s notice. The end result was a successful week of all-around training despite the less than perfect weather. Even with reduced max altitudes and wind spike delays, all teams maintained incessant communication working within available clearances and defeating all trepidation of insufficient lifts and jumps.

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