66th Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo

C130moonWeb_2782 Members of the Black Demonstration Team jumped into the annual Homestead Rodeo on Sunday celebrating the 66th year for the Rodeo. Unfortunately on Saturday the brisk winds and low ceiling prevented the Gold Team jump into the rodeo, but fans cheered as the teams C31 Friendship circled high above the stands.linevanweb2714

There were hundreds of excited fans, Boy Scouts, vendors and of course beautiful Rodeo Queens enjoying the day’s events.  The US Army Recruiters booth was at the front gate, where the Golden Knights greeted the public and signed autographs  and the Marine Color Guard stood at attention as the National Anthem was sung by a local young lady.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo was held at the “Doc” Demilly Rodeo Arena at Tom Harris Field, which is the only one held in the Miami Dade County.

We are delighted to return to our winter training home and beautiful town of Homestead, which is the gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.

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SSG David Echeverry fliesin his Florida home state flag

SSG David Echeverry fliesin his Florida home state flag

 

SFC Clark

SFC Clark

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SGT Downing

SGT Downing

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Signing autographs

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Gold Team Week Two of ACC

 

SFC Brian Karst brings his parachute in for a beautiful approach to the target

SFC Brian Karst brings his parachute in for a beautiful approach to the target

Week two of winter training is complete, and it was a tough one! Great weather helped us to rack up over 350 jumps for the whole Team. We continued perfecting our stack out maneuver, while integrating flags to the jumps. We also continued to hold classes on different maneuvers that we will be training on throughout the time we are in Homestead. This is imperative for our entire team, to ensure that we have the safest possibly training as safety is paramount to the Golden Knights.

Looking ahead, we are extremely excited about performing our first demonstration of 2015 at the 66th Annual PRCA Homestead Championship Rodeo on Saturday, January 24th. We plan on continuing training with Flags, the stack out maneuver and will be starting our Canopy Relative Work (CRW) training. Continue checking us out on on our Facebook page, Twitter and on the web at http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil .

 

Blue Skies!

 

New team member, SPC Alex Bahry practices his narration in between jumps

New team member, SPC Alex Bahry practices his narration in between jumps

Black Team Leading into Week Two of ACC

IMG_8308-wThe Black Demonstration Team spent week two of our Annual Certification Cycle, completing 306 total stack out jumps, which allows the team to exit our aircraft at lower altitudes to practice our stack discipline and allows the team to accomplish more jumps throughout the day.

The team is progressing quickly with dialing in our accuracy scores to ensure precision landings at our air shows. Additionally, we incorporated both the packing and pulling down of our state flags, while under canopy during the first jump of the day. This has allowed our two newest team mates to learn the functionality of their flag line, while simultaneously working their way into the stack.

Each team member has an assigned tracking partner for our maneuvers, to include the “fan favorite”, canopy relative work ( where both partners work together to stack two canopies on top of each other.)

Our first jump on Wednesday and Thursday of this week was dedicated to canopy relative work progression and each demonstrator successfully accomplished this task. The team has their sights set on working our way up to the more advanced canopy relative work maneuvers such as the side-by-side and down-plane towards the end of winter training.

Next week the team begins with baton pass maneuvers and closes out this week with a demonstration into the Homestead Rodeo Sunday afternoon.

 

Blue Skies

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