Shoot Out for Soldiers Lacrosse

Shoot Out For Soldiers

Shoot Out For Soldiers

The Black Demonstration Team opened the 24 hour Shootout for Soldiers

Lacrosse Tournament in Owens Mills, Maryland this week. There were close to 80

high school teams that participated in the tournament over the 24 hour

period.

We performed a mass formation above McDonogh School after the narrator for the demonstration,

SPC Luke Olk flew in our Nations Colors in front of 250 athletes to kick off the

event. Our mass formation involves each jumper rapidly exiting our C31

Friendship aircraft, while using our hands, arms and legs as flight controls

to link together as quickly as possible to create this breathtaking

formation.

The Shootout for Soldiers event was originally started as a

senior project for a Boys Latin class. Three years later the event has grown into a

major event in Maryland and raises money for wounded warriors.

 

What an honor to open up the Shootout for Soldiers event and being able to represent our

brothers and sisters who continue the fight for our freedom. Black team

continues to train in preparation for our next air show in Utah!

SSG Shelby Bixler

Photos by SSG Reese Pendleton

Black Team Rocking Rockford

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Black Team Leader  SFC Kevin Presgraves signing autographs

Black Team Leader SFC Kevin Presgraves signing autographs

 

 

The Black Demonstration Team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves traveled north this past weekend to Rockford, Illinois for the Rockford Airfest. The team arrived on Friday and attended the event sponsored social where we were welcomed back to the airshow circuit along with several other phenomenal civilian and military acts including the US Airforce Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds. The team opened the show Saturday morning with PFC Jason Wenger and SSG Shelby Bixler flying in the American and Canadian Flag for a dual anthem. Accompanying PFC Wenger and SSG Bixler during their canopy decent to show center were pilots Rob Holland and Bill Stein.

The team then performed a mass formation and landed along the crowd line of close to 65,000 air show enthusiasts. Our afternoon full show was modified due to cloud cover, but that did not stop Black Team from pushing forward and giving the American public a stellar performance of a baton pass, the crowd favorite down plane maneuver, as well as a diamond formation from an altitude of only 6500 feet! Although mother nature gave us some leeway for our Saturday performances we were not able to open the show on Sunday morning due to weather. Low visibility does not stop the Golden Knights from walking through crowds of close to 65,000 air show fans to share our Army story, sign autographs, take photos and even visit with the air show vendors and chalets. The weather lifted just enough for us during the afternoon to perform two passes of stackout maneuvers followed by a full team lineup.

Honorary GK John Duda

Honorary GK John Duda

 

Special thanks to Honorary Golden Knight John Duda for assisting the team this weekend and to all of our fellow military and civilian acts.

 

Fort Knox Tandem Camp

FtKnox Collage  It was a dreary and overcast day when the Tandem section of the United States Army Parachute Team stepped off the plane in Louisville International Airport, KY. on Tuesday, the 10th of June. The weather would hold steady causing the first day of jumping to be cancelled.

Fortunately those tandem students were afforded the opportunity to come back the following day. The Thursday morning was looking about the same as the previous two days, but the hopes remained high for all the people on the ground to get up into the sky. With 24 anxious students, the clouds began to break and smiles began to spread as the team boarded the aircraft to conduct their wind test to get the day started.

After a few attempts to get to altitude because of the clouds, the team was able to get to the prescribed altitude and they took to the sky. There was a wide variety of students consisting of doctors, teachers and coaches from colleges and high schools in and around the Fort Knox area, who were extremely excited and glad the clouds had made their way out of the Kentucky skies.

Among the students was a young, energetic up and coming country singer, Brinn Black, who had a blast with SFC Noah Watts, who safely guided her all the way to the ground. The Tandem section finished up with the rest of their tandem passengers that Friday afternoon and packed up the plane in preparation to head back home to Fort Bragg, North Carolina the following day.

All of the anxious students had actually had a great Army Strong Experience by placing their lives in the hands of these professional Soldiers and jumping out of a plane.

SFC Chris Aceveda

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