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)

Labor Day Weekend is a Wrap

SFC Will Fleming greets fans at the Army recruiting booth (SGT Rachel Medley)

The weather came through for Black Team, despite a dreary start in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend. All the jumps got scratched Saturday, but the Team made up for lost time Sunday and Monday by getting all four jumps off. The crowd loved it, as always, and the jumpers spent an hour both days at the Army recruiting booth hanging out with the crowd and signing autographs.

Today was a special day for one of the jumpers. MSG Charles Cooley, who has been on the team for more than five years, did his first intentional cutaway maneuver on show site. Each team member practices the cutaway maneuver during our winter training period in Homestead, Florida. For whatever reason, circumstances had prevented MSG Cooley from performing the maneuver on show site…whether it was winds, clouds, or he was needed for other duties, such as cameraman or ground control. Today he got his day though, and performed with expert precision, placing the cutaway parachute just a short distance from the target. MSG Cooley is winding up his time with the Golden Knights. In October, he will head to Japan to take over as a First Sergeant for troops stationed there. MSG Cooley’s trip to Cleveland with Black Team was his last trip before he leaves the team. Good job Chuck!!

SFC Will Fleming explains the picture of a formation on the team brochures (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

SGT Brandie Phillips talks to PFC Mariah Bican and PV2 Brittney Parish, both of Cleveland (SGT Rachel Medley)

Assistant Team Leader SSG Brandon Valle gives a signed brochure to a young fan (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

SSG Jon Ewald gives a high five to a future Soldier (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

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