Yankees vs Cincinnati game swooped by Golden Knights for Military Appreciation Day

 

 

The Gold Demonstration Team Led By SFC Dustin Peregrin

The Gold Demonstration Team Led By SFC Dustin Peregrin

The Gold Demonstration Team had the amazing opportunity to participate in the New York Yankees Military Appreciation Day. The Yankees paid tribute to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation and United States Armed Forces. During the ceremony, four fallen Soldiers were honored and their children were brought onto the field and presented with scholarship checks for the Special Operation Warrior Foundation.

One of the four fallen Soldiers honored was a former Golden Knight, Gold Team member SFC Pedro Munoz, who was the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan January 1, 2005. Munoz daughter, Dalia along with the other three Soldiers children were introduced to the individual team members by SFC Dustin Peregrin, Gold Team leader. Dalia was presented a baton by SSG David Echevery and SFC Tom Melton, SSG Mike Koch and SSG Brian Karst presented batons to the family members that had been actually flown in freefall to the stadium by the Soldiers for the presentation.

SSG David Echeverry presenting baton flown in free fall to fallen Gold Team Soldier, SFC Pedro Munoz daughter Dahlia

SSG David Echeverry presenting baton flown in free fall to fallen Gold Team Soldier, SFC Pedro Munoz daughter Dahlia

Starting the game off, Gold Team’s SFC Adrian Hill jumped in an enormous POW flag and narrated the rest of his team as they jumped from 4,500 feet. SSG Brandan Parra flew in the game ball for the ceremonial first pitch, thrown by retired Air Force Colonel John Carney and also flew in the SOCOM (Special Operations Command) flag. The team jumped several more flags to include the New York State flag,Puerto Rico flag, in honor of SFC Munoz, and SSG Sherri Gallagher jumped in a Derek Jeter #2 Yankees flag. The Jeter flag was flown in honor of his up and coming retirement, as this is his final season with the New York Yankees after 20 years, 14 All-Star appearances and 5 World Championships.

Once all the jumpers were safely on the ground, the National Anthem was played. Country music singer and U.S. Army Ranger, Keni Thomas sang the Anthem. Keni Thomas served as a member of Task Force Ranger as a part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and also served in the Battle of Mogadishu.  The New York Yankees were brought good luck by the Knights’ and  now have their first all-time regular season series sweep of Cincinnati. They were victorious playing their final game of a three-game series vs. Cincinnati in the Yankees final Interleague games of the season.

The Golden Knights were honored to participate in Military Appreciation Day, as we recognize the sacrifice made by those before us. To those that have served, are currently serving, and to the families of these brave men and women, we proudly salute you.

SSG Gallagher,  Photos by SSG Reese Pendelton and Donna Dixon

 

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

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