SFC Drew Starr Trains with “Black Knights”

BLKNIghts8-Way7  The third week in March brought another parachute team to the Golden Knights

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!


Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championship

gkf42After a strong third place finish at the XP Paraclete Indoor Skydiving Championships, the Golden Knights Female 4-way Team is geared up and ready to blow away the competition at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championships. The team arrived in Deland, Florida on Tuesday, with a few practice days planned in preparation for the Competition. GKF4 met up with their coach, Sully Williams, to game plan for the upcoming meet. After 15 solid jumps, hours of debrief, and a lot of time dirt diving, the team is excited and confident about the days to come.
The usually sunny Florida weather has unfortunately not showed up yet. The first day of the competition was cancelled due to low clouds and rain. The moral of the team remains high leading into the weekend, with hopes of ten fast rounds and high scores.

SFC Davidson Mentored the Buccaneers onTeamwork

mattspeach2On the evening of Tuesday, March 17, SFC Matt Davidson of the 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team was invited by the Jack Britt High School Baseball Team to throw the honorary First Pitch to open their game. This marked the fifth year the Buccaneers have held their Annual Military Appreciation Night.

Prior to the game, SFC Davidson was invited to talk to the Buccaneers about the importance of teamwork, of being a part of something larger than the individual and working together toward a common objective. Drawing from his 20 plus years of experience, the three time World Champion shared insight as to what it takes to become a highly successful team.

Led by Coach Christopher Dague, the Buccaneers took to the field in large fashion, demonstrating a high level of precision, discipline and teamwork. They won the game by a wide margin, besting the E.E. Smith Golden Bulls by a score of 15 – 2.


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