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Abeln Stormes North East Canopy Pilot Leagues 2nd Meet

Swoop   The Golden Knights Canopy Piloting Team was busy this past weekend competing at the 2nd North East Canopy Pilot League meet of the Year. SFC Joe Abeln, SFC Jared Zell and SFC Greg Windmiller arrived at Skydive Crosskeys in Williamston, NJ, on Thursday to get some training jumps in at the newest Canopy Piloting League Pond on the East coast.SFC Windmiller fresh off of a successful shoulder surgery accompanied his team mates to the competition as the Team coach, but was quickly put to work as a Chief Judge when the Original Chief Judge came down with the flu and couldn’t make the trip up from Florida to critique the event.

The safety briefing was early Saturday morning with hopes of getting the first load up by 7:30. A massive thick fog rolled in and kept the anxious competitors grounded for about an hour. Once the fog lifted the competition was on. The day began with the exhilarating Speed event immediately followed by Distance and Zone Accuracy to finish off the meet.The Speed rounds had nearly no wind and after two jumps SFC Abeln took 2nd place, just 3 points behind the Leader Sven Jseppi of the Canadian National Team. SFC Zell was just a few points behind the top 3. The competition had a small break to set up the Distance course and before long round 3 was in the air.

Again SFC Abeln and Jseppi nearly matched scores and once again SFC Abeln took 2nd in Distance while SFC Zell rounded out the top 5. Zone Accuracy finished the meet off and a fairly high Tailwind picked up for the event. A tail wind is great for Speed and Distance but makes Zone Accuracy very difficult to control and stop standing up in a scoring zone.SFC Abeln was the first competitor to go in the pro class and set the bar high with a difficult stand up landing. His score held up to be the top score of the round giving him a 7 point lead over Jseppi with one round left to go. The winds picked up even higher for the final round making it very difficult for most competitors to stop in a positive scoring zone. Once again SFC Abeln matched scores with Jseppi giving SFC Abeln a 1st place finish in Zone Accuracy and hanging on for the overall 1st place spot.

SFC Zell finished in the 6th spot overall. Skydive Crosskeys, league director Brad Moon and all the judges did an amazing job of making the competition a very safe and successful meet. The Next meet for the Golden Knights canopy piloting team will be back at Skydive Crosskeys just outside of Philadelphia on August 9th. Please stop by and check out the action if you’re in the area.

 

Congratulations to SFC Joe Abeln  and SFC Zell for such outstanding performances representing the US Army Parachute Team Canopy Piloting Section.

 

Irvine

Irvine landingWEBOn Monday July 7, 2014, a former British Sailor tandem-jumped with SFC Jon Ewald and the Army Parachute Team, “Golden Knights,” as part of his and his teams visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. This former sailor is the boisterous Robert Irvine of the Food Networks Restaurant: Impossible.

“Wild, Golden Knights-Irvine, Wild”-exclaimed Irvine.

Serving veterans and veteran organizations is a personal mission for Irvine, who joined the British Royal Navy when he was 15. A native of England, Robert joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15, and his skills in the kitchen soon came to the attention of his superiors. As part of his service for the Royal Navy, Robert was selected to work aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, where the royal family and its entourages regularly dined.

During his time training U.S. Navy chefs as part of a guest chef program, Robert worked in the White House kitchens and his creations were served to high-ranking government officials. During his career, he has also had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a U.S. aircraft carrier and plan the menu for a celebrity-studded after-party at the Academy Awards.

As a part of his most recent Restaurant: Impossible mission, fixing up the old Green Beret Club that has been around since the early 1940’s at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Mr. Irvine received the amazing honor of being allowed to jump with the world-renowned, Golden Knights. Once suited up and ready to jump out of a plane at 12,000 feet, Mr. Irvine had these words to say to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces:

“Let me tell you all, the men and women of our Armed Forces. I got to tell you ‘Thank You’ cause you’re allowing me to have the freedom and God bless you all. I’m going to tell you this, as long as there is breath in my lungs, I will not let America forget each and any one of you. God bless you all.”

A few days later on July 10, 2014 Irvine’s spouse Gail Kim, a 4-time Total Nonstop Action Impact Wrestling Women’s Champion and former World Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Champion, put on a flight suit and harness, climbed into the one of the teams Viking Twin Otter’s and had this to say, “It feels like we’re already really high.”

After reaching an altitude of 13,000 feet, Tandem Team Leader SFC Joe Jones and Gail jumped from their aircraft, free-falled and glided into a standup landing. Gail then expressed herself with “I did it, I did it, I did it…the only way I’d ever do it (skydive) cause it’s the safest way (with the Golden Knights). I don’t even know how to describe it, you just have to do it!”

By Jerry Morrison

 

 

Gold Team Celebrates the 4th in Dubuque, Iowa

Golden Knights at Cape Girardeau Regional Airfest 2015  Gold Demonstration Team had a busy week in the great city of Dubuque, Iowa. The team shared in the Independence Day festivities that were capped off with the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks on July, 3rd. The first show of the trip was at Kennedy Mall. Local recruiters had booths set up with displays and games, along with a jump house for the kids. SGT Sherri Jo Gallagher brought the American Flag into the 100ftx100ft landing area to start the show and narrated for the rest of her team, as they performed the Stack-Out Maneuver from 2,500 feet. Following the jump, the team had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of Dubuque, as well as letting the kids at the show pack the jumpers parachutes for the next day.

July 3rd started bright and early with a demonstration jump into the Dairy Queen/Kwik Stop parking lot. Paradise Skydives, Inc. was kind to fly their CASA jump plane for the Gold Team’s first jump of the day. SSG Mike Cook proudly flew the American Flag in for the awaiting crowd. Following this, Gold Team executed the Track-Out Maneuver, where eight jumpers exit the aircraft and make a huge bomb burst in the sky with their smoke trails. The beautiful weather made the Black and Gold parachutes light up as the team came in for soft landings onto the target. The awesome people of Dubuque once again assisted the team with packing their parachutes for the jumps later that evening.

The Gold Demonstration Team had the honor of opening and closing the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks at McDonald Park. The first show of the evening was a full show and was full of excitement! SGT Blake Gaynor was the first jumper and narrated the rest of the team as they performed three different maneuvers. The first was the Baton Pass, followed by an extremely precise Diamond Track, and finally SFC Dustin Peregrin led the rest of the team in with the World Famous Diamond Formation. Upon landing, the team quickly grabbed their parachutes, packed up for their next performance, and jumped back into the plane.

The last performance was a night jump formation with pyrotechnics. SPC Dan Osorio headed up the jump and described the demonstration as it was taking place. The team exited out of the plane, into the darkness, at 12,500 feet. Once the team jumped from the aircraft and ignited the pyro, they flew together to form a technical formation in the sky before they turned and tracked away just prior to their openings. Once all the jumpers landed safely, the firework show began. It was a great show and an awesome week in Dubuque.

On behalf of everyone Gold Team, we would like to wish all of you a Happy Independence Day! SSG Gallagher, Photos by SSG Trey Martin

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