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GK Competition Teams get ready for the US Nationals

As the 2012 USPA National Skydiving Championships approaches, the Golden Knights are still training hard.  In fact, the US Nationals are just about one week away.  While the end goal of this year is the World Meet in December, the US Nationals are a crucial stepping stone on that path.  The Golden Knights will represent the US Army in four different events; 4-way, 8-way, 10-way and 16-way Formation Skydiving.  The focus, of course, is on the 4-way and 8-way competition.

GKF4 returned from the World Cup in Prostejov at the beginning of August and dove right back into training.  They just passed 750 jumps for the year.  At this point, the only other confirmed all female team to attend Nationals will be the Canadian team, Crimson Fox.  The focus for GKF4 is to improve their position from the 2011 USPA Nationals.  They placed 10 out of 16 teams in 2011.

Just down the hallway, GK-8 has been training hard.  The US Nationals will be the first competition for them since the 2012 Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championship in DeLand, Florida, in which they took Gold.  During the nearly 7 months of training, GK-8 jumped nearly 600 times, knit-picking each one to maximize the training value.  One big highlight of Nationals for GK-8 will be competing against Russia’s Sky Panthers Barkli.  Although Barkli will be considered a guest team and not directly face GK-8, the two teams will meet again in less than a month in Dubai.

The members of the Golden Knights Competition team will also pay respect to a fallen teammate.  SSG Eric Holman, a former Golden Knight, was killed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on August 15, 2012.  In tribute, the team wears the initials EH on their helmets, along with a white ribbon for awareness of the victims of terrorism.

This year the Nationals will take place at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.  While Nationals begin on the 24th of October, the 4-way event starts on October 29th, followed by 8-way, 10-way and finished off with 16-way.  To keep tabs on the competition and the positioning of GKF4 and GK-8, visit the Golden Knights (Facebook.com/USArmyGoldenKnights) or GKF4 (Facebook.com/USArmyGKF4) Facebook pages.  You can also visit USPANationals.com.

 

The Golden Knights Were Honored to Participate in The Army’s Ten-Miler.

The United States Army Parachute Team was honored to be apart of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Army TEN-MILER Race held at the Pentagon.  The Golden Knights were able to take seven jumpers into the race from an altitude of 4’950 feet! Team 6 Pilots CW4 Jason Davis and DAC Mr. Frank Reiner had the daunting task of delivering the team to exit altitude via our Twin Otter aircraft.  The morning started at 5:00a.m. for the team and weather was 44 degrees and clear skies; perfect flying weather for the jumpers.  Team 6 flew Sunday under conditions not normal for most jump pilots, the team was jumping into airspace shared by Reagan International Airport. The airspace was tight and the flying was spot on perfect for the jumpers.

The team performed a mass formation narrated by SSG Kevin Presgraves.  SSG Presgraves exited the aircraft at 7:10a.m. into the early morning light over the Pentagon and descended upon the 30’000 race fans.  Shortly there after the remaining of the team would exit and land on the streets below. After jumping into the cold weather and landing jumpers SSG Tom Melton and SSG Tom Pryjda completed the race in just under 80 minutes!

Gold Team looks forward to this single jump each year and can’t wait for the 2013 Army Ten-Miler to begin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Team Rocks the Stadium at Georgia Southern

The Black Demonstration team of the United States Army parachute team the Golden Knights had the privilege of delivering the game football into Georgia Southern University’s 2012 Joint Services Military Appreciation Day on 13th October, it couldn’t have been a better day the sky was blue and the winds were light, giving the black demonstration team the perfect conditions to execute a precision freefall parachute jump.

With only a small window of opportunity available and 12 minutes left on the game clock, SFC Brian Sealing lead the team in freefall from 4000’ to deliver the game ball. SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro executed a down plane formation into the stadium flying the Georgia state flag with SGT Jon Lopez at the top of the stack waiting for the precise moment to unfurl the nation’s colors and land on the last note. All in all it was an amazing demonstration not just for the jumpers and the school itself but the soldiers that the golden knights represent as well.

Black team travels next to the Amigo Airshow over the skies of El Paso Texas

 

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