Golden Knights Return to Homestead

Team Leader SFC JD Berentis and SGT Chris Clark fly the "pyro chain" into the social at Homestead ARB. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel

Team Leader SFC JD Berentis and SGT Chris Clark fly the "pyro chain" into the social at Homestead ARB. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel

Almost 10 months after leaving their new winter training home, the Golden Knights return to Homestead ARB, FL to show the locals the results of the hard work they put in there. The Team was working with the now familiar personnel  on the base to put on the Wings Over Homestead Airshow. With high winds and low clouds the first few days, the first two jumps, both tandem missions had to be postponed. Luckily they were able to get both tandem passengers in the air during the weekend jumps, allowing two people, Lynn Martinez from the Channel  7 News, and Laurence Feldman, a Miami Dade School board member, to experience their first minute of freefall. By Friday night, however, the winds had calmed enough to pull off a night jump into the social, complete with pyrotechnics, for each jumper and an impressive “pyro chain” built by Gold Team member SGT Chris Clark.

Lynn Martinez, from the Ch 7 News, and Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott give a thumbs up before their jump on Saturday. Photo by SSG Jared Zell

Lynn Martinez, from the Ch 7 News, and Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott give a thumbs up before their jump on Saturday. Photo by SSG Jared Zell

Laurence Feldman, a Miami Dade School board member, experiences the thrill of his first skydive with Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott. Photo by SSG Jared Zell

Laurence Feldman, a Miami Dade School board member, experiences the thrill of his first skydive with Tandem Master SFC Mike Elliott. Photo by SSG Jared Zell

The Team continued the weekend by opening the show both on Saturday and Sunday, by jumping in the American Flag to the National Anthem, and then performing a tandem jump, and a mass demonstration. Showing many of the capabilities that the Team has to offer. On Saturday, after the jump, the Team was given the great opportunity to meet Rizzy, a little girl who honors military members all over the country by giving them a coin, saluting them, and telling them, as she told the Team, “Thanks for being my Soldier.” This little girl with the huge heart reminds everyone what the military represents and shows all that they are appreciated.

Rizzy takes a picture with Gold Team in front of the Golden Knight's aircraft.

Rizzy takes a picture with Gold Team in front of the Golden Knight's aircraft.

The Airshow was a huge success, and the Team looks forward to returning to Homestead ARB in January to start training the new personnel for the 2011 show season.

Rizzy's coin

Rizzy's coin

Gold Teams Drops By the Army 10-Miler

Gold Team (including SSG Noah Watts who ran the 10-Miler) poses for a photo after the race.

Gold Team (including SSG Noah Watts who ran the 10-Miler) poses for a photo after the race.

The skies were still dark as the Twin Otter flown by the Golden Knights took off, bound for the starting line of the Army 10-miler, in Washington, DC on Sunday. Team leader, SFC JD Berentis spotted the aircraft for the streamer drop as the sun rose over the Pentagon. Once the streamers landed, the pilots shifted the run in and the Team prepared to exit in one of the most history rich places in the country. (more…)

Precision Parachuting at Cypress Lakes Golf Course

A Biplane formation over Cypress Lakes golf course.  Photo by SGT Jennifer Schaben

A Biplane formation over Cypress Lakes golf course. Photo by SGT Jennifer Schaben

The Golden Knights jumped into a local golf tournament at Cypress Lakes Golf course in Hope Mills, NC on Friday.  Members of the Tandem Team and Gold Demonstration Team came together to give the golfers and spectators an amazing display of precision parachuting.

The weather forecast called for high winds throughout the day Friday but Mother nature held off.  Clear blue skies and cool temperatures made for a great day to jump out of an airplane.  The team performed the Golden Knights Stack out maneuver led by SSG Jared Zell. The stack out maneuver consists of all the jumpers exiting the aircraft one by one.  As the team leader approaches 2,000 ft above the ground he will wave his arms to signal all of the jumpers to simultaneously deploy their parachutes and show off their high flying black and gold canopies.   On top of the accuracy stack was a 2 canopy biplane formation piloted by Gold Team leader SFC JD Berentis.  Each of the jumpers landed to cheers and roars from the crowd. SGT Jennifer Schaben was the aerial photographer for the jump and captured some great photos of the biplane coming in for landing.   SFC Berentis piloted the biplane canopy formation for a perfect on target landing and brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation.

The team spends quite some time all over the country performing Demonstrations, competing in skydiving competitions and conducting  Tandem Jumps.  Local demonstrations in the area let the team interact with the local community and bring an Army Strong experience right to the heart of the Fort Bragg community.

Cypress lakes 2 stack

Cypress lakes 2 stack biplane formation

Golden Knights visit with fans after the demo.

Golden Knights visit with fans after the demo.

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