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
The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights reached out to the public for yet again another local Black Team demonstration jump on Friday the 28th of September. The demonstration took place in the blue North Carolina skies over the Patriot Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at the National Golf Course, in Pinehurst NC.
The day could not have been better. The skies were clear and the winds were light. The Black Demonstration Team performed a mass formation that consisted of an eight man formation. After the bomb burst maneuver and the red smoke cleared, SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro, performed canopy relative work, also known as crew. The crowd was in awe as the crew formation came into land over the target area. The Golden Knights performed another flawless demonstration showing the American public what the U.S. Army is all about. Black Demonstration Team’s next demonstration is into North Carolina’s Duke University for a football game.
The Golden Knights Competition Team took a break from training to perform necessary equipment maintenance today at the Golden Knights Headquarters on Ft. Bragg, NC. The work is headed up by the five Parachute Maintenance Technicians (Riggers) assigned to the Competition Team. Although members of the Competition Team hold various Military Occupational Specialties from Intelligence Analyst to Truck Driver, each Teammate takes part in the equipment and parachute maintenance.
Re-lining the parachutes proves to be the most time-consuming task. The Competitors have made over 500 freefall training jumps this year in preparation for the upcoming US Nationals and World Parachuting Championships. As jump numbers increase, the Riggers closely monitor wear on the parachute lines, and replace them as necessary. The Competitors team up and replace lines, one by one. Each line must be measured and “tacked” in place by a special sewing machine. The lines are made up of several different lengths and must be attached to exact points on the parachute to ensure proper trim, flight characteristics, and a soft opening. The work is always double checked by a Certified Rigger to ensure accuracy and integrity.
With the periodic maintenance complete, the Competition Team will turn its focus to the upcoming US Nationals to be held in Eloy, AZ. The Golden Knights look to defend their titles in 8way, Women’s 4way, and Overall Champions. Competition is set to kick-off Oct. 29th, check back for updates!