Black Team Training Day

Black Team forms the first point of a two-point formation during training over Laurinburg, NC (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

The crowds at air shows are great, but sometimes it’s nice to get down to basics and train with just the grass below and the blue sky above. Black Team got away from the spotlight today and completed eight jumps at the Golden Knights’ training drop zone in Laurinburg, NC. (more…)

The Wind in Cleveland is Cramping our Style!

SSG Howie Sanborn looks on as MSG Charles Cooley addresses the students (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

Cleveland is trying hard to take the title away from Chicago as “The Windy City,” and it seems this week that she may actually be succeeding. The winds have been relentless off Lake Erie for the past two days, today being the worst. The needle on the official airport anemometer (fancy word for wind meter) stayed steady at 30mph, with gusts well up over 40mph. (more…)

No Jump, But Lots of Interaction at Lakewood High School

Team Leader SFC Will Fleming watches the streamers to judge the winds (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

The students at Lakewood High School in Cleveland were disappointed today when Black TeamĀ  could not jump into their football stadium because of extremely high winds, but the Team made it up to them by driving over to the school and visiting the students. Five members of the Team took a few hours out of their day to let the students know that despite the weather, the Team was excited to spend some time with them and tell them about the Army. The jumpers were very well-received and the day was a complete success.

Lakewood High School students (from left) Jenn Walls, Taylor Kaine, Chad Keenan, Amanda Torrence, Alex Nicole, and Marianna Polichuk (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

SFC Rob Mooney tells students about what the Army has to offer (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

SGT Tylor Wheeler tells the students about being a helicopter crew chief (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

Although the jump did not go off today, the jumps over the weekend at the air show did go well as planned, here are a few photos of the jumps this weekend. Thanks to SSG Jon Ewald of Tandem Team for taking the pictures.

Black Team flies an eight-way formation over Cleveland International Air Show (photo by SSG Jon Ewald)

SFC Will Fleming tracks away from a diamond formation at break-off time, gaining separation before it's time to opent he parachute (photo by SSG Jon Ewald)

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