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College World Series Opening Ceremonies   Early Thursday morning Gold team took off for Omaha, NB home of the College World Series. Immediately after landing we headed to the field and surveyed the landing area. After all ground preparations were complete we headed to the plane and suited up for the afternoon’s practice jump. The winds barely held off but stayed just below our limits and allowed all jumpers to safely land in the stadium.

As the team headed to the plane Friday afternoon there was not a cloud in the sky and nothing to stop the evenings jump. The team greeted the press riders and active duty Air Force members that were joining the team for the evenings flight. Once the safety brief was complete and the team leader,  SFC Dustin Peregrin reviewed the evenings jump plan, the team headed inside the aircraft to once again put on the black double zipper jump suit. However, this evening we would all wear one of the eight team jerseys representing all the schools that made it to the World Series.

The C31 Friendship Fokker took off and headed straight for the stadium for the streamer drop. The plane continued to circled over head until we received the call from the Drop Zone Ground Controller, SSG George Perez with the 2 minute warning. The plane turned in bound and the hot target was echoed throughout the plane. SGT Trey Martin Gold Team Videographer stepped out solo and landed the American flag. The remaining 8 team members stood in the plane awaiting their turn. Only a few minutes passed until we all left the plane and found ourselves all landing safely in the outfield just minutes prior to the evenings firework show. Special thanks to the city of Omaha and the staff at the College World Series. Best of luck to all the teams that made it!                 SSG Jon Clevenger

 

 

 

Westmoreland County Airshow

American Flag

SPC Daniel Osario jumping in the American Flag

 

 

The Gold Demonstration Team had a short flight this weekend to Latrobe, PA. We left early Friday morning  and after arriving set up for our practice jump. The practice mass formation went well to set things rolling for the weekend.

Saturday morning  started with out a cloud in the sky. SPC Daniel Osorio started the air show off by flying in the national colors while being circled by Matt Chapman. SFC Brian Karst and SGT Blake Gaynor closed out the morning show by performing a breath taking down plane. After landing we headed over to the Army recruiting booth to pack our parachutes with the help of the Latrobe community. Once everything was reset the team headed back up to perform our full show. All maneuvers were performed and we closed out the show just prior to the Blue Angels starting their performance.

The forecast for Sunday was not as promising. The team took the short drive to the airport and watched as the clouds started to form. The plane took off as scheduled and we prepared for the morning jump. However, once we were at our exit altitude the rain started and forced us to land. After landing we prepared for the afternoon show in hopes that the rain would clear.

Take off went as scheduled and we were prepared with multiple options in case we had to adjust our exit altitudes due to clouds. The Gold team leader, SFC Dustin Peregren, made the call and the narrator stepped out right on schedule. Minutes after the narrator landed heavy rain started, so the remaining team members circled the target awaiting a break. The rain lifted and the team leader gave us a thumbs up. Instead of the full show, we adjusted to the weather and launched a mass formation. Once the team was safely on the ground SSG Brandon Parra closed out the weekend.

We would like to thank the Latrobe community for allowing the team to perform. Next year we hope for blue skies through out the entire weekend.

SSG Jon Clevenger—

Photos By Theriom Rasputin

 

Golden Knights Kick off Skyfest at Fairchild

Magnificient Starburst shot by team videographer SSG Trey Martin

Magnificient Starburst shot by team videographer SSG Trey Martin

 After a festive Memorial Day weekend the Gold Demonstration Team departed Columbia, MO, and headed to SkyFest Air Show at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA for Skyfest 2014. The air show fans were really excited since this was the first air show at Fairchild since 2010 due to budget restraints.

  The team was ready to hit the ground running and start off a great weekend for the Spokane community. Throughout the weekend the team was able to take up various media and service members from all branches to get a firsthand look.  The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Stearman Formation Team, Cascade Warbirds and Smoke and Thunder were a few acts also present this weekend, which gave outstanding performances.

 Sunday morning after the mass demonstration, Team Leader SFC Dustin Peregrin presented the Mayor of Spokane, Mayor David Condon, a baton which was flown in free fall. The team then packed their parachutes in the crowd with the assistance of enthusiastic recruits from the audience and quickly returned to the blue skies for the final performance of the day.

SGT Blake Gaynor jumped in at show center and narrated the entrance of his fellow teammates for the final Sunday afternoon show, which closed our weekend out with a complete success. 

 The team would like to thank all those from Fairchild AFB and Spokane for providing such great support for not only the Golden Knights but for all the performers present this weekend.   SSG Clevenger, Photos by SGT Trey Martin

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