The Golden Knights have arrived in Homestead Florida for Winter Training. This is the time for the graduates of the 2011 Assessment and Selection program to stand up and be seen as part of the team. Both the Black Team and Gold Team received three new demonstrators this year, the “New Guys”. This is the time of year for “New Guys” to learn from the “Old Guys” and for the “Old Guys” to refresh their skills after the long break form the show season. The teams that arrived in Homestead are The Headquarters section, Gold Team, Black Team, Aviation section(Team Six) and the Tandem Team . Everyone that arrived Sunday greeted the Golden Knight C-31 Aircraft as they arrived on Monday carrying the remainder of the team. After being given the safety brief it was time to get back in the air where we belong practicing our maneuvers to demonstrate before millions of spectators each year.
The first day of jumping was a humbling experience for several Knights who have not been jumping since the show season ended and yet most of the seasoned veterans never lost their touch. Winter training is not just about jumping or target accuracy but also a time to learn the all important show narration. The “New Guys” will also be using this time to practice their public speaking skills and truly learn what it means to be a showman. As each of the “New Guys” took to the microphone they were accompanied by their teammates, giving them helpful hints and much needed coaching. The team’s leadership feels it was a good first day and is looking forward to the upcoming show season!
The 2011 air show season has finally reached an end for Black Team. This weekend, Black Team, along with 5 others, from Gold Team and Tandem Team, flew all the way to Western Texas for the Amigo Airshow. (more…)
The Golden Knights were invited back to Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia to perform at the homecoming game. However the winds in rare form at the stadium were over 30 miles per hour. Unfortunately the team was not able to jump just moments before the kick off at 3:05 p.m. against Rice University. The winds didn’t get the best of our team though. It was beautiful sight at 2,500 feet looking down on the Ohio River and trees changing colors. The winds were not only a tricky part for the jumpers to land; our pilots CW4 Jason Davis, Mr. Dave Clay, and Crew Chief SGT Jusseppe Silvagnoli had their work cut out for them. Even with a tricky crosswind we jumpers in the back couldn’t believe the most impressive and smooth landing ever. Our lives are every day in the hands of our “Team 6″ brothers.
After we landed back at Huntington Tri-State Airport the entire team returned to Joan C. Edwards stadium where we linked back up with our ground crew. SGT George Perez of Caguas Puerto Rico and SSG Jen Espinosa of Thousand Oaks, California. The ground crew has the daunting task of relaying at sometimes unfortunate information as the winds being too high for safe jump operations. However without our amazing ground crew we would never be able to perform so many demonstrations before millions of spectators each year. We then presented a token of friendship to Athletic Director Mr. Scott Morehouse. Scott was our secondary POC and made everything possible for the team to have a smooth and easy transition for our jump operations.
Although we were not able to jump into the game the team still had a positive effect on the community. We were able to reach out and speak to many of the recruits that took their oath of enlistment with many of them shipping out for basic training early this week. Even the Thundering Herd managed a victory in the late 4th quarter of 24-20.