SSG Noah Watts jumps the Texas State Flag into Reliant Stadium. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel
The cheers from the crowd at Reliant Stadium could be heard from two thousand feet under canopy, as the members of the Gold Demonstration Team could tell you. The Team jumped the game ball into the Houston Texans v the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday. As each jumper entered the retractable roof stadium, the cheers got louder, and the song being sung–”Proud to Be an American”– was an apt description for the way everyone was feeling. Several people told the Team how the patriotic jump brought them to tears, and thanked them for their service.
Team leader SFC JD Berentis spots the aircraft over Reliant Stadium. Photo by SSG Reese Pendleton
All veterans, past and present, were recognized, and even the cheerleaders showed their support by wearing cheerleading outfits based around the different branches of military service. The Team was introduced on the big screen after the 3rd quarter, along with several deserving members of the military, who were also recognized. It was a great jump for a great crowd, and the Team was proud to be a part of it.
SGT Chris Clark and SGT Jen Schaben fly their canopies over the icon. Photo by SSG Aaron Figel
SGT Jen Schaben shoots video of a mass formation. Photo by SSG Joe Abeln
The weather continued to cooperate this past weekend at the Thunder Over the Rock Airshow in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Team opened the Airshow each day by jumping in the American Flag to the National Anthem, and then followed up with mass formations. The Team presented batons at both jumps, and interacted with the crowd afterwards. (more…)
The Golden Knights take a photo op with the Riverside Recruiters and the UC Irvine Cheerleaders after the jump (photo by SSG Joe Abeln)
Black and Gold Demonstration Teams have been working together the past week in California, performing together at the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this past weekend, then making their way up to Irvine, California this week to jump into some local schools before heading to Little Rock, Arkansas this coming weekend. Two members of the Tandem Team are also along on the trip, augmenting the demonstration teams and adding some variety to the show. (more…)