SSG Adrian Hill (Black Team new guy) practices his show salute during training Thursday (photo by SGT Dan Cook)
There are some traditions in the Golden Knights that can trace their roots far deeper than the Team’s 50-year lifespan. While the Black and Gold canopies and air show performances are signatures of the US Army Parachute Team, the Army Values and good, old-fashioned mentorship are what REALLY holds this Team together.
The Non-Commissioned Officer (the rank of Sergeant and above) has been known for generations as the “Backbone of the Army.” On them rests the responsibility to teach, train, and lead the Soldiers in their charge. Every member of the Golden Knights (more…)
UFO’s over Homestead, Florida? No, its the US Army Parachute Team! Each year during winter training, the Golden Knights conduct one round of night jump operations to maintain currency and proficiency. Each demonstration team will make three to five jumps, beginning with a stack out at 4000 feet, then a canopy relative work pass,then working their way up to a mass formation at 13,500 feet. (more…)
SGT Brandie Phillips pounds the dead center of the target on the last jump of the day.
SGT Brandie Phillips of the Black Demonstration Team lands perfectly on the dead center after having exited the aircraft more than two miles above the earth. Brandie is one of the top accuracy shooters on Black Team, and was fourth overall best target score for the entire 2010 show season. SGT Phillips is originally from Fort Calhoun, NE and joined the Army in 2005 as an X-Ray Technician. She has more than 1500 freefall parachute jumps and is starting her third year on the Golden Knights.