Gold Team Fourth Week at ACC

Parra-Little After crossDuring week four of ACC, Gold Team worked diligently on diamond tracks. Even with the challenge of having three new team members to teach this demanding maneuver to, we did an excellent job at making our crosses close and more consistent than the team has in the past. During the diamond track, two jumpers must exit the aircraft simultaneously, and track nearly one and a half miles apart. Once at this distance, both turn 180 degrees to find the smoke trail of one another in the sky, and track back towards their partner, crossing within what appears to be inches of each other. This is a very difficult maneuver to learn and perform. Because of the difficulty, each tracking team will perform with only one another throughout the entire season.

Not only did we have a successful week with the diamond track, but we also continued to open out each training morning with CRW. We had an amazing week creating more dramatic formations with our canopies, while also including flags and smoke into the mix.

Looking ahead, we will be starting our reverse cycle, concentrating our focus on night jumps with cold burning pyro. All of us are extremely excited to begin night training, as it is an incredible performance to watch for both our fans and us.

Blue Skies!!

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Gold Team Week Three

Web2Stack1884 (2)Week three is done for Gold Team! We kicked off the week with Canopy Relative Work (CRW) and every team member was able to get beautiful stacks together with their tracking partners. We performed the maneuvers so well as a team, that we were able to progress to down planes, and three stack formations! The main focus for the week however, was on the exciting baton pass, perfecting our rates of closure and angles from the target to create perfect diamonds in the sky with our smoke trails. Although we had to struggle again with less than desirable weather conditions, we were able to make over 175 jumps this week, bringing us to just over 700 jumps for this winter training period!

Our 2015 season’s first demo into the Homestead Rodeo was unfortunately cancelled due to low clouds. But! We showed our support for Black Team, by attending their demo into the rodeo the next day.

IMG_9191EW  IMG_9198EW   IMG_9217EW IMG_9228EW IMG_9239EW Even though we missed out on this demonstration, we had the pleasure of jumping into “Career Day” at Airbase Elementary School, just outside the gates of Homestead Air Reserve Base. We wowed the 1100 elementary students and teachers in attendance, and were able to have a few lucky kids come help us pack our parachutes.

Looking ahead, we will continue to build on our maneuvers, integrating more CRW and perfecting the baton pass. This coming week we will start training on the demanding diamond track, and continue to get our individual target scores dialed down. We look forward to sharing our exciting week ahead with everyone shortly!

Blue Skies!

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Gold Team Week Two of ACC

 

SFC Brian Karst brings his parachute in for a beautiful approach to the target

SFC Brian Karst brings his parachute in for a beautiful approach to the target

Week two of winter training is complete, and it was a tough one! Great weather helped us to rack up over 350 jumps for the whole Team. We continued perfecting our stack out maneuver, while integrating flags to the jumps. We also continued to hold classes on different maneuvers that we will be training on throughout the time we are in Homestead. This is imperative for our entire team, to ensure that we have the safest possibly training as safety is paramount to the Golden Knights.

Looking ahead, we are extremely excited about performing our first demonstration of 2015 at the 66th Annual PRCA Homestead Championship Rodeo on Saturday, January 24th. We plan on continuing training with Flags, the stack out maneuver and will be starting our Canopy Relative Work (CRW) training. Continue checking us out on on our Facebook page, Twitter and on the web at http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil .

 

Blue Skies!

 

New team member, SPC Alex Bahry practices his narration in between jumps

New team member, SPC Alex Bahry practices his narration in between jumps

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