Victory Junction

IMG_5855-WGold Demonstration Team was going to start the week off with a jump into one of the Golden Knight’s favorite places, Victory Junction. Victory Junction is a year round camp for children with serious illnesses. Their mission is to provide an enriching, fun-filled environment that serves to empower these amazing kids to be confident and independent at absolutely no cost to the children or their families. The camp has everything from racing and archery, to horse back riding and zip lining. They even have a pool that is temperature controlled to the exact degree for kids with different sensitivities. It is an absolute highlight for the Golden Knights to have the opportunity to jump in and interact with these amazing children and staff at Victory Junction every year.

Unfortunately, the weather did not comply, and Gold Team was not able to jump. The show will be postponed to a later date. Pulling ground duties, SFC JD Berentis (former Gold Team Leader), was fortunate enough to be at Victory Junction for the afternoon. He met with every single camper, answered questions, gave out goodies, and signed autographs. The kids had a great time.

IMG_5940-WGold Team looks forward to future jumps at this amazing facility and especially getting to meet with these fantastic children!

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Gold Team Celebrates the 4th in Dubuque, Iowa

Golden Knights at Cape Girardeau Regional Airfest 2015  Gold Demonstration Team had a busy week in the great city of Dubuque, Iowa. The team shared in the Independence Day festivities that were capped off with the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks on July, 3rd. The first show of the trip was at Kennedy Mall. Local recruiters had booths set up with displays and games, along with a jump house for the kids. SGT Sherri Jo Gallagher brought the American Flag into the 100ftx100ft landing area to start the show and narrated for the rest of her team, as they performed the Stack-Out Maneuver from 2,500 feet. Following the jump, the team had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of Dubuque, as well as letting the kids at the show pack the jumpers parachutes for the next day.

July 3rd started bright and early with a demonstration jump into the Dairy Queen/Kwik Stop parking lot. Paradise Skydives, Inc. was kind to fly their CASA jump plane for the Gold Team’s first jump of the day. SSG Mike Cook proudly flew the American Flag in for the awaiting crowd. Following this, Gold Team executed the Track-Out Maneuver, where eight jumpers exit the aircraft and make a huge bomb burst in the sky with their smoke trails. The beautiful weather made the Black and Gold parachutes light up as the team came in for soft landings onto the target. The awesome people of Dubuque once again assisted the team with packing their parachutes for the jumps later that evening.

The Gold Demonstration Team had the honor of opening and closing the Dubuque Jaycees Airshow and Fireworks at McDonald Park. The first show of the evening was a full show and was full of excitement! SGT Blake Gaynor was the first jumper and narrated the rest of the team as they performed three different maneuvers. The first was the Baton Pass, followed by an extremely precise Diamond Track, and finally SFC Dustin Peregrin led the rest of the team in with the World Famous Diamond Formation. Upon landing, the team quickly grabbed their parachutes, packed up for their next performance, and jumped back into the plane.

The last performance was a night jump formation with pyrotechnics. SPC Dan Osorio headed up the jump and described the demonstration as it was taking place. The team exited out of the plane, into the darkness, at 12,500 feet. Once the team jumped from the aircraft and ignited the pyro, they flew together to form a technical formation in the sky before they turned and tracked away just prior to their openings. Once all the jumpers landed safely, the firework show began. It was a great show and an awesome week in Dubuque.

On behalf of everyone Gold Team, we would like to wish all of you a Happy Independence Day! SSG Gallagher, Photos by SSG Trey Martin

Knights Open Six Hours at the Glen

Gold Team View of the Glen

Gold Team View of the Glen

The Gold Demonstration Team spent the weekend in the beautiful state of New York. The team had the honor of jumping into Watkins Glen International where they led off the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen event. This was the fifth annual Military and Veterans Appreciation event that was held in conjunction with the races. After a successful jump onto the race track, the Golden Knights met with many Veterans and families at a recruiting booth set up next to the track.

Gold Team’s, SGT Blake Gaynor, jumped in the American flag and proceeded to narrate the rest of the show, as his teammates jumped from 12,500 feet to perform a large formation in the sky with their smokes trails blazing. After the initial formation was built, the outside jumpers performed the bomb burst maneuver, while the inside of the formation linked arms to form barber poles in the sky with their smoke trails. Team Leader, SFC Dustin Peregrin, and teammate, SFC Brian Karst, ended the show by flying a beautiful bi-plane right into the landing area. As soon as the last jumper had their boots on the ground, the booming voice of “Start Your Engines” was heard and the racers took off.

Mrs. Dawn Smith from the Oddessa American Legion was paramount to the success of the entire Military Appreciation event. The Golden Knights are grateful for her efforts and are proud to have the chance to work with such an amazing and professional organization. Until next time, Blue Skies!!

Sgt Sherri Gallagher, Photos by Sgt Trey Martin

SGT Blake Gaynor Salutes while exiting the team C-31 Fokker

SGT Blake Gaynor Salutes while exiting the team C-31 Fokker

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Gold Team At Glen Watkins

Gold Team At Glen Watkins

 

SFC Dustin Peregrin Team Leader and Golde Demonstration Team signing autographs

SFC Dustin Peregrin Team Leader and Golde Demonstration Team signing autographs

 

 

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