Oregon International Air Show

PHOTO BYweb RICH (2)Gold Demonstration Team has just returned from Hillsboro, Oregon, where they performed at the renowned Oregon International Air Show. The team conducted six performances over four days, to include a night jump followed by a fantastic fireworks show. Accompanying Gold Team, three members from the Golden Knights Tandem section traveled to the show to provide tandem parachute jumps to four specially chosen individuals.

The weather could not have been more beautiful and the shows were outstanding due to amazing people of Hillsboro. The team had the opportunity to work with local recruiters and spent time at their location after their performance on Saturday and Sunday. One of Gold Teams favorite things to do after a performance is allow the attending children to help pack up the parachutes for the next jump. The kids in Oregon were very eager to help and did a fantastic job.

After the packing was done for the day, the team ventured to the “Meet the Performers” tent, where they signed autographs alongside the many other performers. The weekend was full of fun and excitement, as the team performed two full shows, two mass shows, a track-out jump, and a night performance. The narrators for the full show jumped in both the United States and Canadian flags, and had the huge honor of being circled by Shawn Tucker in his aerobatic plane, while flying in the colors.

The team also provided four tandem jumps to selected VIP’s to include the following: Iain Cummings (pilot #7 on the snowbirds), Connor Robins (Marine Corps, combat cameraman), Derek Duggans (High School math and science teacher), and Timothy Wrobel (Media representative and technician of Droid). The Gold Demonstration Team had a great time in the beautiful state of Oregon and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone that attended the Air Show.

The team looks forward to the next opportunity to perform for this exciting and eager crowd! Until then, Blue Skies!!

SSG Sherri Gallagher

Jumping into Football Games at Belle Vernon High School and the University of Pennsylvania

IMG_8way9335webGold Team spent the weekend in the great state of Pennsylvania where they were able to perform for Bell Vernon High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The team worked with local recruiters, as well as the schools academic professionals, to carry out two great shows. Before the game began on Friday, a few members of the Gold Demonstration Team linked up with the recruiters at Bell Vernon to give the High School students a little taste of what it is like to be in the Army. The team spent a few hours answering questions about Army life and what it takes to serve this great Country.

On Friday evening, the team departed for the airfield in preparation for the jump into the High School. Bell Vernon brought the Golden Knights in to start off their football game for the evening. The team performed a mass and followed up the show by tandem jumping Mrs. Shara Zupanc, one of the teachers at the school, with Tandem instructor SFC Joe Jones. The students loved the show.

Saturday proved just as eventful, as the weather brought in low clouds and rain. The team had the privilege of jumping into Indiana University of Pennsylvania to start off their football game. Due to the low clouds, the team performed a stack-out maneuver. This is when all the members of the team jump from alternating doors with a 3-5 second pause between jumpers, until the whole team exits the plane. The black and gold canopies stood out very bright against the dark rain clouds. The show turned out perfect despite the weather. Upon landing, the jumpers met up with the local recruiters and packed their parachutes.

This weekend was spent with some of Pennsylvania’s greatest students and athletes. We wish both teams the best of luck in this football season!! Until next time, blue skies!

Thunder in the Valley

IMGsmoke_9030Over the past weekend Gold Team participated in the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Waterloo, IA conducting 3 shows. On Friday, the team did a mass formation with SSG Roman Grijalva, fresh out of Senior Leaders Course, jumping into the show first and then narrating for Children’s Appreciation Day. There were hundreds of students, which came from numerous schools in the area on field trips to attend the Thunder in the Valley Air Show. The Air Show had a social, where the members of the Gold Demonstration Team had the opportunity to get together and meet the sponsors and other performers.

Although Saturday started off with rain and low clouds, the skies quickly opened up to allow the team to do a full show. SGT Blake Gaynor was the first jumper in, and narrated the rest of the team as they came in for dead center landings. The team presented a baton to Reiley Gilbert, a 17 year old, who recently enlisted into the Army and is eagerly waiting to attend Basic Training. Sunday the team conducted another successful full show with SSG Jon Clevenger narrating. The team presented another baton to the Bob Molinaro family, which is a major sponsor of the show.

SSG Mike Koch, Photos by SFC Adrian Hill

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