Top Teams Flock to Florida

GKF4 over Deland

Competition is underway here in Deland, Fl, for the first annual Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championships.  Formerly known as the Shamrock Showdown, this skydiving event serves as an early gauge for teams all across the world to see where they stand against other top competitors.  This year’s competition includes teams from France, Russia, Great Britain, Norway, Canada, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, and Denmark.  This is truly a World level competition right here in Florida.

GKF4 builds a "Spinner" during ground preparation with the Russian National 8way Team in the distance.

5 rounds of 4way competition were completed today in Deland, and the Golden Knights Female 4way is sitting in 3rd place behind France and Norway in the women’s competition.  GKF4 will be representing the USA in Dubai this December, and welcome this opportunity to see where they stand against other National Women’s 4way teams- France, Norway, and Canada.  Tomorrow will bring another 5 rounds of competition and GKF4 will fight back to climb the leader board.

GK8 form Chinese T's over Deland

The Golden Knights’ 8way Team is not competing in 4way in order to focus on the 8way event.  GK8 will go head to head against the Russian 8way Team beginning tomorrow morning.  The Russians placed 3rd at the 2011 World Cup where GK8 won Gold.  With several World Champions in the lineup, Russia always poses a serious threat, which makes for good competition.  Additionally, the battle between USA and Russia dates back to the beginning of skydiving competition.  The Dubai 8way team will also be competing, but they are still in the building stages.  Stay tuned in to all of the action at



An NCO is Born

A Promotion Ceremony and Reenlistment for newly promoted SGT Jesse Stahler was held Thursday at the Golden Knights’ Headquarters on Ft. Bragg, NC.  SGT Stahler is the newest member of the Golden Knights’ Competition Team.  Within his MOS, 92R- Parachute Rigger, SGT Stahler achieved the rank of SGT by accumulating enough Promotion Points to make the cutoff.  These points were earned by outstanding military performance combined with civilian and military education.  SGT Stahler went as far as donating blood platelets for use at Womack Army Medical Center to earn a few additional promotion points.

"Attention to Orders." SPC Stahler with wife Lauren and son Kai

SGT Stahler was promoted by his wife, Lauren Stahler, with his son Kai close by.  SGT Stahler and  his wife are expecting their second child this September and were both very pleased with the new promotion.  All of SGT Stahler’s Teammates in attendence were also proud to witness another high quality Soldier join the NCO Corps, and welcomed him accordingly.  The “Backbone of the Army” just got a little stronger!

MAJ Gammon Congratulates SGT Stahler with son Kai

Golden Knights Promote Three of Their Own







This week, the US Army Parachute Team promoted three of their own to the rank of Sergeant First Class.  SFC Drew Starr, SFC Scott Janise and SFC Laura Dickmeyer, along with previously promoted SFC Dannielle Woosley, SFC Josh Coleman and SFC Justin Blewitt, are all members of the Golden Knights Competition Team and have contributed to putting the “Gold” in Golden Knight multiple times over the past three years. (more…)

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