The Golden Knights Competition team is gearing up for the U.S. National Skydiving Championships. Nationals will be held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ. The Golden Knights will compete in 4-way, 8-way, 16-way and 10-way formation skydiving. GK8 will be returning once again to defend their Gold medal from 2010 while the Golden Knights Female 4-way Team (GKF4) will make its Nationals debut this year. Between the two teams, over 1,100 training jumps have been made this year. This year is particularly important because the results of this competition will determine who represents the USA at the 2012 World Parachuting Championships in Dubai, UAE. If you recall, GK8 competed and took Gold at the World Parachuting Cup 2011 in Saarlouis, Germany in August. (more…)
Gold Team arrived Thursday afternoon with their sights on a special weekend. They would be conducting joint operation Military Free-Fall (HALO) jumps with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and take part in celebrating their 50th reunion. Friday morning Gold team started the day with meeting the halo teams from 5th SFG (A). With an entire day scheduled of training jumps, the Team members paired off with solo HALO jumpers and provided coaching as well as video and still picture assistance. Traveling with Gold Team, 8-way competitors also brought their experience to the table and delivered some great coaching for the HALO teams of 5th group. After a full day of training with the HALO teams, Gold Team walked away with a few new friends and memories they won’t soon forget.
The next afternoon was the jump into the ceremony, while the day started with mission preparations to ensure smooth operations. Every demonstrator that evening wanted to perform their best to give their new friends, 5thSFG (A), a wonderful and exciting reunion. A tight landing area and a large number of spectators surrounding the area made it an incredible show. The crowd was literally part of the show which made Gold Team even more part of the celebrations.
The night unfortunately came to an end with the saying of Goodbyes and lots of handshakes. The members of Gold Team and other Golden Knight friends all had a great weekend and felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. To take part in a group of elite soldiers celebrating the victories they’ve had for the past 50 years was an esteemed honor. The weekend had been fulfilling and the brothers we’ve made will last a lifetime.
The 2011 USPS Nationals of Canopy Piloting has officially come to an end. The competition was held at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, TX. This year two members of the Golden Knights competed against 48 other skydivers from across the US. SFC Greg Windmiller, a seasoned canopy piloting competitor, faced off against 33 jumpers in the Open class. SSG Joe Abeln, competing in his first Nationals of Canopy Piloting, competed against 17 in the Advanced class. (more…)