Golden Knights Female 4-Way Visit Schools

SFC Laura Dickmeyer mesmerizing students

SFC Laura Dickmeyer mesmerizing students

Monday morning, two members of Golden Knights Female 4-Way (GKF4) Team visited Don Steed Elementary to meet and show 100 kindergarteners exactly what they do every day.   SFC Angela Nichols and SFC Laura Dickmeyer wowed their intense audience with Golden Knight videos and stories of their most exciting jumps during their careers as Golden Knights.

The students were extremely excited to be able to see and touch all of the equipment and parachute that the female Soldiers use to do their job. The team members finished up by answering several questions from the inquisitive kindergarteners and passed out Golden Knight stickers, line art books and calendars.

All of the ladies on the GKF4 came to the Golden Knights Assessment and Selection Program to see if they had what it takes to be a Golden Knight. After successfully graduating from the program they were assigned to a demonstration team to traverse across the country as Ambassadors of Goodwill.

Several years later they tried out for the team’s historical first all-women’s competition team and made it. They now are multi world and national champions representing the U.S. Army and United States.

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Fayetteville Swamp Dogs Game Features Golden Knights

IMG_0157WThe Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team, consisting of nine jumpers performed a low altitude stack-out jump into the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs baseball game this past Saturday for its season opener and pre-game entertainment against the Morehead City Marlins.

SGT Luke Olk flew in our Nations colors from 4,500 feet directly behind second base into the hands of the Golden Knights ground coordinator and safety representative SSG Nick Birkner. The remaining jumpers exited the Golden Knight UV18 Viking Twin Otter at an altitude of 4,000 feet and performed their stack-out maneuver, which is where each jumper exits the aircraft at intervals of two seconds apart to set up a demonstration accuracy stack. This specific stack allows each individual jumper to create vertical separation in order to setup individual landing patterns into their specified landing area.

SSG Jimmy Hackett and SFC Corey Hood exited the aircraft after the rest of the team and within ten seconds stacked their canopies on top of one another creating a two stack (a maneuver referred to as canopy relative work). SSG Hackett piloted the two stack into the stadium with SFC Hood flying the North Carolina state flag.

The team always looks forward to performing a local show in front of the Fayetteville community, family members, and fellow teammates.


2015 Great New England Air Show Success

IMG_3637Gold Demonstration Team spent this last weekend at the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. We performed four shows before a crowd of over two hundred thousand spectators and fans.

This weekend brought along a few weather obstacles, but nothing the Golden Knights weren’t trained to handle. Working alongside the Canadian forces, the Team opened the show flying in both the U.S. and Canadian National flags with their respective anthems. We were able to host some of the U.S. Navy Blue Angel crew, Westover Air Force Servicemen and women and a variety of media and press, to share with them the experience of jumping out over such an amazing air show venue.

After each performance, the Team was welcomed by hundreds of fans and future Soldiers who helped us pack our parachutes, and learned about what it takes to be a Soldier in today’s Army, and a teammate on the U.S. Army Parachute Team. We look forward to the next time we can be a part of the excitement and hospitality of the Great New England Air Show!

Please join or follow us next weekend at the Salute to Veterans Air Show in Columbia, Missouri. We will be joined once again with the Canadian Snow Birds and many other incredible performers!

Blue Skies!

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