home turf. The United States Military Academy parachute team the “Black
Knights” spent their spring break away from West Point to train at FT Bragg,
The Black Knights function much like the Golden Knights, conducting
demonstrations and competing; all in the name of their alma mater.
SFC Starr spent the week working with West Point’s two four way teams – one
sophomore and one junior – both at the drop zone and the vertical wind
tunnel in Raeford, NC.
SFC Starr acted as a skydiving coach, introducing
both teams to new formations and techniques – ultimately arming them to go
head to head against the US Air Force Academy team at US Collegiate
Nationals late this year. But the flow of information didn’t stop in free
fall. SFC Starr also offered advice for the soon to graduate seniors on what
to expect when they commission in May, and offered pointers about Army
operational life once the cadets became Second Lieutenant Platoon Leaders.
At the end of the week, both GK8 and the Black Knights took the opportunity
to learn from each other, and gain rare insights into both teams tight knit worlds.
The Golden Knights 8 Way Team would like to wish the Black Knights blue
skies and fair winds in their up coming demonstration and competition seasons.
Go Army! Beat Air Force!