Black Team Rocks the Stadium at Georgia Southern

The Black Demonstration team of the United States Army parachute team the Golden Knights had the privilege of delivering the game football into Georgia Southern University’s 2012 Joint Services Military Appreciation Day on 13th October, it couldn’t have been a better day the sky was blue and the winds were light, giving the black demonstration team the perfect conditions to execute a precision freefall parachute jump.

With only a small window of opportunity available and 12 minutes left on the game clock, SFC Brian Sealing lead the team in freefall from 4000’ to deliver the game ball. SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro executed a down plane formation into the stadium flying the Georgia state flag with SGT Jon Lopez at the top of the stack waiting for the precise moment to unfurl the nation’s colors and land on the last note. All in all it was an amazing demonstration not just for the jumpers and the school itself but the soldiers that the golden knights represent as well.

Black team travels next to the Amigo Airshow over the skies of El Paso Texas

 

Black Team enjoys Blue Skies over 18 holes at the Patriot Golf Tournament

The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights reached out to the public for yet again another local Black Team demonstration jump on Friday the 28th of September. The demonstration took place in the blue North Carolina skies over the Patriot Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at the National Golf Course, in Pinehurst NC.

The day could not have been better. The skies were clear and the winds were light. The Black Demonstration Team performed a mass formation that consisted of an eight man formation. After the bomb burst maneuver and the red smoke cleared, SSG Chris Clark and SGT Matt Navarro, performed canopy relative work, also known as crew. The crowd was in awe as the crew formation came into land over the target area. The Golden Knights performed another flawless demonstration showing the American public what the U.S.  Army is all about. Black Demonstration Team’s next demonstration is into North Carolina’s Duke University for a football game.

 

Golden Knights Seriously Injured in Bicycle Accident

 

SFC Sanborn, Chicago Water and Air Show

7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9, the Black Demonstration Team Leader SFC  Howard Sanborn and SGT Jonathan Lopez were hit by a car while bicycling along the shoulder of Highway 63 near La Plata, MO.

SGT Jonathan Lopez

 

 

The  two Knights’ were returning to their hotel from a twenty mile ride when a car driven by a 24-year-old Minister, Nathan Worstell crossed over onto the shoulder of the road and hit Sanborn ejecting him across the road. Sanborn’s bike was propelled into Lopez.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sanborn and Lopez were both transported by Air Evacuation helicopters to University Hospital in Columbia, MO. around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Lopez was released from the hospital after treatment for numerous contusions, and lacerations requiring over 100 stitches to his face. Lopez returned home to Fort Bragg with his team and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Sanborn is still hospitalized and in serious condition following two operations and will require extensive treatment.

 

SFC Howard Sanborn

Sanborn, who is in extreme athlete, qualified in his age group for triathlon Nationals and has been mentoring Lopez to compete in an upcoming triathlon later this year.

 Howie always helps to encourage others to eat nutritionally well balanced meals and exercise. He is even a Yoga instructor that leads his team mates through invigorating workouts on a regular basis.

SFC Adrian Hill, said “Howie is one of my best friends, he’s everyone’s friend. He is just an awesome guy!” I came to this team because I admire the complete professionalism of this entire team.”

Saturday night the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team jumped at the Truman State University Football game in Kirksville, Mo. and presented the President of the University a baton flown in free fall by the team.

Sunday eight members of the team made a jump for the Kirksville 2012 Air Festival and then spent the rest of the day supporting their team mates.

Sanborn’s zeal and enthusiastic debonair character is infectious and continually is displayed as he builds his team spirit based on mutual respect.

The entire Golden Knight Family are pulling together to support Howie and are praying for a quick recovery.

Thank you for all for the calls and support from our extended family and we will keep you posted as he progresses.

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