It is week four for the Golden Knights here at winter training and it seems that the good weather has temporarily come to an end. While enjoying the clear skies and tolerable winds for the first few weeks of training, the team jumped more times within that period than almost every year prior. The training has been beneficial for everyone as target scores continue to improve and free fall flying abilities constantly excel. The weather holds have not gone to waste as it gives the new members more of a chance to practice their narration and prep more smoke canisters for use. The time also allows for much needed mentorship while on the drop zone but overall the time give the new guys a moment to take a step back and let the training soak in.
Last week the team was joined by three coaches from the West Point Demonstration Team “Black Knights” lead by head coach Tom Falzone. Mr. Falzone is a veteran skydiver with over 25 years of experience and had a chance to give the team some tips on putting together some larger formations. Both the Gold and Black teams received coaching from Mr. Falzone before putting both teams together for a 20-way formation. Local Boy Scout Troops and JROTC Cadets that came out to watch the Golden Knights perform saw the mass formation. Tom Falzone was thanked by the team as the Black Knights return to home to West Point New York.