SGT Tom Pryjda, a new teammate on the Gold Demonstration Team, interacts with students from the Coral Springs Christian Academy. Connecting America’s Army with the American public is the number one mission of the demonstration teams. The newest team members have daily opportunities to interface with public onlookers. In this photo, SGT Tom Pryjda spent time between training jumps to explain the basic mechanics of our parachute system to the crowd. Each of the students was able to wear the parachute that Golden Knights wear in freefall. The students asked many questions about freefall parachuting and what life is like as a Golden Knight and a U.S. Army Soldier.
Another week of training passes us by, we see yet more astounding improvements from Gold Demonstration Team’s newest members. In particular, narration has gone from dry and boring, to nearly airshow quality. (more…)
SGT Brandie Phillips pounds the dead center of the target on the last jump of the day.
SGT Brandie Phillips of the Black Demonstration Team lands perfectly on the dead center after having exited the aircraft more than two miles above the earth. Brandie is one of the top accuracy shooters on Black Team, and was fourth overall best target score for the entire 2010 show season. SGT Phillips is originally from Fort Calhoun, NE and joined the Army in 2005 as an X-Ray Technician. She has more than 1500 freefall parachute jumps and is starting her third year on the Golden Knights.