Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo3stack4USAPT returned from Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL to Fort Bragg, NC after a successful Annual Certification Cycle. The Team completed nearly 6,000 jumps.

We supported and trained with visiting DoD Teams including the Black Daggers, the West Point Parachute Team Coach, and instructors from the US Air Force Academy. We focused on new diciplines to add to the demonstrations this year including wing suits. The demonstration teams made 117 wing suit jumps in preparation for the new show season and world record attempt later this year.

The Aviation Detachment,”Team 6,” conducted 662 sorties without incident thanks to their professionalism and the hard work of our maintenance section.

Photo 2The VFS Team departed for Sebastian, FL last week to participate in another “head down” world record training camp. The camps are mandatory for participation in the world record attempt coming up later in the year and are where event organizers select participants for the record. So far, USAPT has four Soldiers invited to participate. SFC Abeln, SSG Pendleton, SSG Stahler,and SGT Martin will travel to Illinois in August and attempt to break the record of 138 people falling towards the Earth together, head down, at nearly 200 mph.Photo 1

 

 

 

Last week, two Cadet free fall teams from West Point traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for coaching from our 8-Way Competition Team. SFC Drew Starr spent the week with the two teams of Cadets at the Paraclete wind tunnel and the local drop zone to coach them on their competitive free fall skills.

SFC Matt Davidson was featured in the online magazine, Skydive Mag, for an article offering advice to other jumpers on skills necessary to compete in formation skydiving. SFC Davidson is writing several more articles for future issues where civilian skydivers can look to the Golden Knights for advice and training. SFC Davidson’s article can be found at http://www.skydivemag.com/article/working-with-your-clone-piece-partner.

The Women’s 4-way FST trained in the wind tunnel preparing for their upcoming meet in Bedford, England. Over 100 teams will compete in the Bedford meet.

Black Team kicked off the 2015 Air Show Season with a weekend demonstration at Keesler, AFB in Biloxi, MS.  The Gold Team will be heading out to Tyndal AFB Open House in Panama City Florida for the weekend of 11-12 April.

Check back with us next week to find out the latest and greatest on your USAPT.Photo 3Wing suit 3Photo 5

Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo 4 (6)The 8-way FST and the Women’s 4-way FST competed in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships 2015. The Women’s 4-way FST earned third place in the open class behind the top two teams in the country. This year, their average score is 25.4 points compared to 24.1 last year. Their coach, Solly Williams, has mentored the team to better engineer exits from the airplane and be more aggressive with their formations, which has paid off. The Women’s 4-way FST has also been working with Mr. Joshua Orr from the Fort Bragg Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The CSF2 Team helps enhance their mental performance. The CSF2 Team will work with the rest of the USAPT over the year. The 8-way team had injuries preventing them from competing as a full 8-Way team. Instead, they broke up, combining with two collegiate teams to coach and compete with other members of the skydiving competition community. The 8-Way Team received great feedback on their course of action and drew several more teams to the competition. The 8-Way also chose four men who competed in the 4-way competition. Despite not training for 4-Way, they managed to take the fifth place out of 14 teams.

At Homestead ARB, FL, videographer Mr. Randy Swallows worked with the Demonstration and Tandem Teams on techniques for freefall photography and videography. Mr. Swallows taught the class how to pick the best settings and equipment based on the environment and type of shot desired. His recommendations for new equipment and placement for Army branding to ensure the best marketing exposure on our photos and videos were simple and economical.

Though the Team faced many weather delays for winds, the Team focused on full show demonstration maneuvers and integrating wing suits into the show.

USAPT would like to congratulate the Formation Skydiving Teams for their work in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships; the Women’s 4-way FST for taking third place and the 8-Way FST for their creativity and effort to stay active in the event while combining with collegiate Teams. Their hard work and dedication exemplify what it takes to be part of the Army Team.

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Night Pyrotechnics: Black Team Week Five

Black Team members of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, train on putting together formations together with pyrothechnics above Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL.

Black Team members of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, train on putting together formations together with pyrothechnics above Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL.

Black Team began week five with our night training at 4:00 am this past week with focus on stack discipline (vertical separation between jumpers under canopy), mass formations, and canopy relative work into the baseball diamond located on Homestead ARB. Each of our maneuvers were succesfully completed using our night pyrotechnics that are worn on our left ankle with wires running to a small ignition box that is worn on the chest strap of our individual parachute system.

We like to compare our night pyro to that of sparklers on our ankle to assist each jumper with illumination in free fall as well as under canopy. The night pyro is also helpful for our spectators to see us and for our ground safety officers to observe our maneuvers and keep an accurate count of each jumper due to limited visibility.

Upon completion of our night jumps this week, we continued our training into the daylight on Homestead ARB with focus on diamond formations, which the team will be completing and fine tuning as we head into week six.

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Army Staff Sgt. David Echeverry, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, performs post jump checks after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Staff Sgt. David Echeverry, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, performs post jump checks after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

A member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, trains with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

A member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, trains with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Sgt. First Class Justin Little, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, flies in the Army Flag after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

Army Sgt. First Class Justin Little, member of the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, flies in the Army Flag after training with pyro during night operations on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fl.

 

 

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