Team Leader SFC JD Berentis and SGT Chris Clark fly the "pyro chain" into the social at Homestead ARB. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel
Almost 10 months after leaving their new winter training home, the Golden Knights return to Homestead ARB, FL to show the locals the results of the hard work they put in there. The Team was working with the now familiar personnel on the base to put on the Wings Over Homestead Airshow. With high winds and low clouds the first few days, the first two jumps, both tandem missions had to be postponed. Luckily they were able to get both tandem passengers in the air during the weekend jumps, allowing two people, Lynn Martinez from the Channel 7 News, and Laurence Feldman, a Miami Dade School board member, to experience their first minute of freefall. By Friday night, however, the winds had calmed enough to pull off a night jump into the social, complete with pyrotechnics, for each jumper and an impressive “pyro chain” built by Gold Team member SGT Chris Clark.
Lynn Martinez, from the Ch 7 News, and Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott give a thumbs up before their jump on Saturday. Photo by SSG Jared Zell
Laurence Feldman, a Miami Dade School board member, experiences the thrill of his first skydive with Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott. Photo by SSG Jared Zell
The Team continued the weekend by opening the show both on Saturday and Sunday, by jumping in the American Flag to the National Anthem, and then performing a tandem jump, and a mass demonstration. Showing many of the capabilities that the Team has to offer. On Saturday, after the jump, the Team was given the great opportunity to meet Rizzy, a little girl who honors military members all over the country by giving them a coin, saluting them, and telling them, as she told the Team, “Thanks for being my Soldier.” This little girl with the huge heart reminds everyone what the military represents and shows all that they are appreciated.
Rizzy takes a picture with Gold Team in front of the Golden Knight's aircraft.
The Airshow was a huge success, and the Team looks forward to returning to Homestead ARB in January to start training the new personnel for the 2011 show season.