The City of Homestead Welcomes Golden Knights to their 2012 Winter Training

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the City Hall Council Chambers, the U S Army Parachute Team, Sergeant Major Stephen Young and SSG Shelby Bixler, the Gold Demonstration Team Recruiting liason accepted a wonderful award from the city of Homestead.

Mayor Bateman thanked the team for returning to Homestead, for supporting the 63rd Annual Rodeo, the upcoming Bike Festival and the opportunity to take a tandem parachute jump with the team at training last year.

 

Mayor Bateman presented the SGM a beautiful framed document welcoming the team to “Our Beautiful City” and also gave the SGM a huge bright white, yellow and blue crest from the City of Homestead established in 1913.

He said they would be honored to have them hung in our Winter Training Facility on Homestead Reserve Airbase in appreciation of the city.

 

The US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, would like to thank the Mayor, Council members and the wonderful people in the community for all of the hospitality extended to the team and thank them for sharing their beautiful city, magnificent blue skies and warm sunshine

Homestead invaded by UFO? Nope just the Golden Knights

Gold-Team-Night-Mass,-Photo-by-SSG-Chris-AcevedoOn 16 February, the Golden Knights conducted night jumps as part of the annual winter training. As usual the Team sparks calls to the local authorities and news channels, this year was no different. (more…)

Gold and Black Team unite for Mass training!

It is week four for the Golden Knights here at winter training and it seems that the good weather has temporarily come to an end.  While enjoying the clear skies and tolerable winds for the first few weeks of training, the team jumped more times within that period than almost every year prior.  The training has been beneficial for everyone as target scores continue to improve and free fall flying abilities constantly excel.  The weather holds have not gone to waste as it gives the new members more of a chance to practice their narration and prep more smoke canisters for use.  The time also allows for much needed mentorship while on the drop zone but overall the time give the new guys a moment to take a step back and let the training soak in.

Last week the team was joined by three coaches from the West Point Demonstration Team “Black Knights” lead by head coach Tom Falzone.  Mr. Falzone is a veteran skydiver with over 25 years of experience and had a chance to give the team some tips on putting together some larger formations.  Both the Gold and Black teams received coaching from Mr. Falzone before putting both teams together for a 20-way formation.  Local Boy Scout Troops and JROTC Cadets that came out to watch the Golden Knights perform saw the mass formation.  Tom Falzone was thanked by the team as the Black Knights return to home to West Point New York.

 

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