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Fort Knox Tandem Camp

FtKnox Collage  It was a dreary and overcast day when the Tandem section of the United States Army Parachute Team stepped off the plane in Louisville International Airport, KY. on Tuesday, the 10th of June. The weather would hold steady causing the first day of jumping to be cancelled.

Fortunately those tandem students were afforded the opportunity to come back the following day. The Thursday morning was looking about the same as the previous two days, but the hopes remained high for all the people on the ground to get up into the sky. With 24 anxious students, the clouds began to break and smiles began to spread as the team boarded the aircraft to conduct their wind test to get the day started.

After a few attempts to get to altitude because of the clouds, the team was able to get to the prescribed altitude and they took to the sky. There was a wide variety of students consisting of doctors, teachers and coaches from colleges and high schools in and around the Fort Knox area, who were extremely excited and glad the clouds had made their way out of the Kentucky skies.

Among the students was a young, energetic up and coming country singer, Brinn Black, who had a blast with SFC Noah Watts, who safely guided her all the way to the ground. The Tandem section finished up with the rest of their tandem passengers that Friday afternoon and packed up the plane in preparation to head back home to Fort Bragg, North Carolina the following day.

All of the anxious students had actually had a great Army Strong Experience by placing their lives in the hands of these professional Soldiers and jumping out of a plane.

SFC Chris Aceveda

1st NECPL Meet

IMG_4095SFC Joe Abeln of the Golden Knights Canopy Piloting Team was in New Jersey this past weekend competing in a brand new league. The North Eastern Canopy Pilot League (NECPL) held its first ever meet at Free Fall Adventures in Williamstown, NJ. This new league will give competitors training events all summer long in preparation for this years World Championships in November.

NECPL consists of two classes, a Rookie/Amateur class, and a Pro/Open Class. All pilots are considered Amateur unless they are issued pro qualification. The competitors must have a Pro Card issued from FLCPA, compete in a Pro class and qualify for competition and prove they have the experience to compete as a Pto class Pilot.

A high head wind prevailed for the entire day Saturday making for challenging conditions. Distance was the first event of the day followed by Zone Accuracy and after a six hour long weather hold the speed event finished off the meet just before sunset. SFC Abeln took 1st place in Distance and Zone Accuracy and 2nd place overall for the meet.   The next meet will be the 2nd weekend of July at the Cross Keys airport in Williamstown, NJ.

College World Series Golden

College World Series Opening Ceremonies   Early Thursday morning Gold team took off for Omaha, NB home of the College World Series. Immediately after landing we headed to the field and surveyed the landing area. After all ground preparations were complete we headed to the plane and suited up for the afternoon’s practice jump. The winds barely held off but stayed just below our limits and allowed all jumpers to safely land in the stadium.

As the team headed to the plane Friday afternoon there was not a cloud in the sky and nothing to stop the evenings jump. The team greeted the press riders and active duty Air Force members that were joining the team for the evenings flight. Once the safety brief was complete and the team leader,  SFC Dustin Peregrin reviewed the evenings jump plan, the team headed inside the aircraft to once again put on the black double zipper jump suit. However, this evening we would all wear one of the eight team jerseys representing all the schools that made it to the World Series.

The C31 Friendship Fokker took off and headed straight for the stadium for the streamer drop. The plane continued to circled over head until we received the call from the Drop Zone Ground Controller, SSG George Perez with the 2 minute warning. The plane turned in bound and the hot target was echoed throughout the plane. SGT Trey Martin Gold Team Videographer stepped out solo and landed the American flag. The remaining 8 team members stood in the plane awaiting their turn. Only a few minutes passed until we all left the plane and found ourselves all landing safely in the outfield just minutes prior to the evenings firework show. Special thanks to the city of Omaha and the staff at the College World Series. Best of luck to all the teams that made it!                 SSG Jon Clevenger

 

 

 

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