The Black Demonstration Team Jumped into the 65th Armed Forces Day Celebration

 

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

SSG David Echeverry was the first demonstrator to jump in the American Flag and he then narrated the rest of the show for his team.

Members of the Black Team performed at the Fayetteville’s Veteran’s Park this past weekend

for the 65th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration.There was approximately 800 participants that went on the bike run this year.  

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

SSG Echeverry narrating the demonstraton.

 

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

An excited audience cheers as the jumpers come in.

SSG Clark and biggest fan

SSG Clark and biggest fan

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

CSM Thomas Holland watching the team as they come in to the drop zone.

 

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SSG Sloan and MSG Cooley signing autographs for Veterans.

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SPC Luke Olk and PFC Wenger sign autographs for visiting veterans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

SSG Hackett, MSG Cooley and SSG Sloan taking photo with fans

 

MSG Cooley, Luc Looley and Black Team

MSG Cooley, Luc Cooley and Black Team

Lining up for the target

Lining up for the target

Pyro exit

Pyro exit

 

                                                                                                                            It was a great honor to be able to perform in our hometown and continue to be the ambassadors for the

US Army as well as Soldiers past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The team had the honor of jumping with MSG Charles Cooley to log his last jump as a Golden Knights.

We wish MSG Cooley the best as he transitions into civilian life.

 Black team begins their preparation this week as they head to

Jones Beach, NY this weekend. SSG Bixler

 

SSG Clark jumps in thae Army Star Camopu

SSG Clark jumps in the Army Star Canopy

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

US Army Parachute Team,Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

SSG Chris Clark hits dead center the target

 

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

MSG Charles Cooley making his last local jump prior to his retirement

 

 

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

Black Demonstration Team CSM Thomas Holland and MSG Charles Cooley

 

POW/MIA Flag

POW/MIA Flag

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flad

Jumping pyro at dusk with the NC Flag

 

 

The Black Demonstration Team arrived on Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

 

Members of the Black Demonstration Team Exiting the Team C31 Friendship Fokker

Members of the Black Demonstration Team Exiting the Team C31 Friendship Fokker

The Black Demonstration Team arrived on Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ this weekend for the second air show of the season. The team was invited to attend the Joint Base social on the first day and received a warm air show welcome from all of the air show sponsors. Amongst some of the guests at the social included base commander Colonel John Wood of the 87th ABW.  The team met with several air show sponsors and dignitaries from around Joint Base Mcguire-Dix- Lakehurst. They were all just as excited to see our performances and we were more than ready to get back in the sky!

 We were up early Friday morning ready to put on our mass performance for all of the media and DOD ID card holders. However, Mother Nature did not play in our favor and the show was cancelled. Inclement weather does not stop the Golden Knights from providing their spectators/fans with the best part of their show and that is the one on one interaction through high fives, handshakes and autographs. And we did just that at the Army Recruiting display located directly behind show center. 

 Signs of inclement weather were forecasted for the following day at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst as we still maintained our focus and determination to have the opportunity to connect the US Army to the American public through our precision free fall maneuvers and canopy skills. The skies slowly opened up for us that morning just in time for our first mass performance. Although landing on target is one of the many signature landings of every Golden Knight, each jumper was able to pick a spot to land along the show line to truly personalize the performance for the air show spectators.

 Our last performance of the weekend included both a mass and a full show. This was the team’s first opportunity to perform their first full show of the air show season. Eight press riders accompanied us on our climb to 12,500 feet. The excitement for what they were about to experience on board our C31 was infectious. High fives, smiles and a few fist bumps were exchanged with our press riders prior to each maneuver was so exiting. All four full show maneuvers were highlighted to include the baton pass, cutaway, diamond track and diamond formation. What a way to close out the weekend!

  Black Team is home for the week and is looking forward to completing more training in preparation for their first local show at the Fayetteville Veterans Park this Saturday.

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Black Team Thunder

 

Black Team Flying High Over Travis AFB

Black Team Flying High Over Travis AFB

 The Black demonstration team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves traveled to Travis Air Force Base, CA for the Thunder Over Solano Air Show this past weekend. The team began making their impressions within the Fairfield community upon landing and paid a visit to a local high school. We had the honor of speaking with the Air Force JROTC class at Fairfield High School along with the local Army recruiters.

 The team was set to make three performances this past weekend and kicked off the air show with our first mass performance show of the air show season on Friday. The team then attended the wonderful air show sponsored social. We had the opportunity to meet all of the air show performers and received a warm welcome from Travis Air Force Base. Unfortunately, we were not able to put on our full show performance on Saturday due to high winds. The team was still able to give the spectators a full team lineup introduction while Team Six made three low altitude passes over show center.

 As Golden Knights, we are not only known for our precision free fall and canopy skills, but for the ability we have to interact with the American public. Since our designation as the official aerial demonstration unit we continue to make lasting impressions in hopes of inspiring young men and women to become Army Strong. The Black demonstration team did just that this weekend and even had the opportunity to pack our parachutes with the assistance of some of our spectators. GroupFB

Black team took their full show performance to the blue skies of Travis AFB in front of a reported 85,000 spectators on Sunday. The Golden Knights opened the show flying in our Nations Colors to a live National Anthem.  On board our aircraft for this performance were reporters from World Air Show News, KTVU Channel 2 as well as PAO’s from Travis AFB. The team performed the baton pass, diamond track and a mass formation followed by a signature Golden Knight team lineup. The team heads back to Fort Bragg, NC this week to prep for their next air show May 9th-11th at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix in Lakehurst, NJ.

By SSG Shelbie Bixler

Photos by  SSG Reese Pendleton

 

SSG Bixler sending spotting information to team through SFC Corey Hood

SSG Bixler sending spotting information to team through SFC Corey Hood

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PFC Winger High Five

PFC Winger High Five

SFC Presgraves talking with audience

SFC Presgraves talking with audience

 

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