SSG Howie Sanborn (top) and SPC Matthew Navarro fly a two-stack over Galena, IL, the hometown of US President Ulysses S. Grant (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)
Black Team made two jumps in Galena, IL for the 57th Annual Boy Scout Pilgrimage on Saturday despite breezy conditions and overcast skies. The jumps, which were made into the football field of Galena High School, were the pinnacle of two years of planning and fundraisers (more…)
As most of you probably saw on the news last week, there were several tornadoes that swept through the state of North Carolina on Saturday. Black Team happened to be doing a show close to home in Goldsboro, NC at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, about a two hour drive from the Team’s home base of Fort Bragg.
Black team flies a symmetrical formation over Goldsboro, NC (photo by SGT Dan Cook)
Friday was beautiful with clear blue skies and a light breeze…nothing about the weather gave a clue to what was coming the next day! The Team did a practice media jump in front of a gathering of Make-A-Wish kids, and were a big hit.
SSG Howie Sanborn signs a Golden Knights brochure for one of the Make-A-Wish kids (photo by SGT Dan Cook)
Saturday was windy from the start, and the early jump time (10am) was the saving grace for getting the jump off. The winds were teetering on the upper limit of 20mph, and just a few minutes after the Team landed, the winds picked up to over 30mph. Needless to say, the wind only got stronger as the edge of the storm system passed by Goldsboro later that afternoon.
One of the Team members gives an autographed brochure to a young fan (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)
Saturday was like Friday, and people could hardly remember the stormy weather of yesterday. Blue, clear, and breezy with an enthusiastic crowd. The Team completed all three scheduled jumps…despite multiple tornadoes!
SSG Phillips and SPC Stahler, both of the Army Parachute Team, recently competed for the titles of Non-Commisioned Officer and Soldier of the Year for the Accessions Support Brigade. Both competitiors endured a grueling three days of stiff competition. Starting with an Army Physical Fitness Test and ending in an eight hour ride home in a very crowded sedan. (more…)