West Chester Rotor fest 2014

photo 1The Gold Demonstration team traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania over the weekend to perform for the West Chester Rotorfest. SSG Jon Clevenger and SSG Mike Koch supported the local recruiters by attending a high school football game. There they presented one of the high school students with a plaque for demonstrating all of the core Army values. They also assisted in the coin toss as well as awarding coins to each of the team captains, wishing them the best of luck in their game.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather, Saturday was a bust although the team did go to the airfield to meet with the volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol. The team answered questions about the many opportunities the Army can offer and described how the parachute system works and about the mission of the Golden Knights.

Sunday morning the skies opened up with beautiful weather and the team performed two demonstration jumps. The first being a mass formation narrated by SGT Daniel Osorio, and the second being a full show narrated by SSG Mike Koch. The Gold Demonstration team presented a baton, which was flown in freefall, to Mrs. Sherron Trio, one of the major organizers of the airshow. Sadly, this was the last airshow for Gold Team, but we are looking forward to the many sporting events we get to support in the near future.

 

Gold Team DC to Dover

_MG_9468Gold Demonstration Team had a busy weekend jumping into Washington DC and Delaware. The team had the privilege of jumping into Howard University in downtown DC, where the college was hosting a NCAA Football game. The Golden Knights got the game started with a 4,000 foot stack out, followed by a baton presentation to Wayne AI Frederick, the President of the School, as well as Coach Ted White, the football coach. The students were very excited about the jump and cheered for the team as they flew overhead. After the jump and line-up, the team met up with some of the students from the ROTC program to present them with a team lithograph. It was a joy to jump into such a motivated and exciting University.

Immediately following the jump into Howard University, the team loaded up and flew to Deleware for the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. The weather could not have been more beautiful for the jump. Since there were no winds, the team was able to perform a formation directly over the race track, causing the Bomb Burst to stretch to all angles of the stadium. Upon opening, the team brought their parachutes in for a nice show line spread, where each member of the team was assigned a different section of the stadium to land in front of. The NASCAR fans made Gold Team feel very welcome as they approached the race track for perfectly soft landings.

Everyone on the Gold Demonstration team felt honored to participate in two great events over the weekend. Until next time, Blue Skies!!_MG_8398_MG_9268
SSG Sherri Gallagher
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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

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