Lea Gabrielle Soars To New Heights

Thimbsupweb712On January 23rd in brilliant blue skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fox News Journalist and Reporter, Lea Gabrielle climbed to unventured heights in the sky with The U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights.

Lea arrived at 7:00 am and was greeted by the Commander of the Golden Knights, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Weinrich, Tandem Team Leader Sergeant First Class Joe Jones, and the Women’s Champion 4-Way Formation Team (GKF4), Sergeants First Class Angela Nichols, Dannielle Woosley, Jennifer Davidson, and Laura Dickmeyer.

Lea completed her training, signed the necessary paper work and donned an Army black and gold jumpsuit. This accomplished Female Veteran Navy Pilot was well on the way to her once in a life time opportunity, placing her life in the hands of a very skilled professional Soldier.

Team pilots, Mr. Kenneth Breeden and Mr. Allen Aber, taxied the Viking Twin Otter to an elevation of 13,500 feet as the nervous reporter said to the Fox photographer, “This is the type of office I am so accustom to where I am flying, not jumping out of, a perfectly good airplane in to the thin air!”

Moments later the team videographers climbed out onto the struts of the aircraft and began filming the thrilling event. Lea and SFC Jones stepped into the door. She gave quick thumbs up and a patriotic salute. In a split second the pair went dove into the blue abyss of the morning sky and the magic had begun.

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The GKF4 women’s competition team flew down to Lea and grasped her hands forming a perfect circle in the air. The videographers skillfully flew around the formation capturing her elated expressions.

Soon Lea found herself under a gigantic Army canopy sailing left and right spiraling round and round. SFC Jones then turned into the wind for a beautiful soft landing.

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LTC Weinrich said, “The U.S. Army Parachute Team ‘Golden Knights’ enjoy the opportunity to conduct tandem parachute jumps with centers of influence around the country. While we treat all tandem passengers equally, the extent and effect of outreach news personalities and celebrities such as Ms. Lea Gabrielle have help inform the American public about the incredibly talented professionals we have across the Army Team. By including the Golden Knights’ Women’s 4-Way Formation Team into Lea’s jump, we demonstrated how the Golden Knights are, like the Army, a Team of Teams, which offer young men and women many opportunities. Because the Army generally operates in a joint environment with the other services, it was an honor working with Lea, a Navy Veteran, who understands the discipline, sacrifice, and professionalism required to serve in the military.”

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Black Team Completed Baton Pass Maneuvers During Week Three

IMG_6986The Black Demonstration Team took advantage of the blue, yet chilly skies above Homestead Air Reserve Base during week three of our ACC with focus on our baton pass maneuvers. The baton pass shows the basic maneuverability of the human body while both jumpers are gaining speeds up to 120 miles per hour.

Each two man team exits the C31 Friendship aircraft simultaneously as they begin to glide apart gaining separation while using their hands, arms, legs and shoulders as flight controls. Both jumpers turn and face each other in preparation for the 14 inch mahogany baton exchange, which is typically presented to selected COI’s and VIP’s at air shows and various performances throughout the country. Once the two team members make contact they begin to form 120 mile per hour spirals in the sky with their red smoke trails and then separate prior to deploying their main canopies.

In addition to the team successfully completing our required training for baton passes during week three, we have dedicated our first jump each morning (weather permitting) to canopy relative work with our assigned tracking partners.

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Each team has made tremendous progression from the two-stack canopy relative work maneuver into our side-by-side and down-plane maneuvers. The motivation and drive for our team to continue to strive for perfection, safety, and trust in one another improves each and every day. With that trust and confidence in one another, we move into week four with the diamond track maneuvers.

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Gold Team Week Three

Web2Stack1884 (2)Week three is done for Gold Team! We kicked off the week with Canopy Relative Work (CRW) and every team member was able to get beautiful stacks together with their tracking partners. We performed the maneuvers so well as a team, that we were able to progress to down planes, and three stack formations! The main focus for the week however, was on the exciting baton pass, perfecting our rates of closure and angles from the target to create perfect diamonds in the sky with our smoke trails. Although we had to struggle again with less than desirable weather conditions, we were able to make over 175 jumps this week, bringing us to just over 700 jumps for this winter training period!

Our 2015 season’s first demo into the Homestead Rodeo was unfortunately cancelled due to low clouds. But! We showed our support for Black Team, by attending their demo into the rodeo the next day.

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Looking ahead, we will continue to build on our maneuvers, integrating more CRW and perfecting the baton pass. This coming week we will start training on the demanding diamond track, and continue to get our individual target scores dialed down. We look forward to sharing our exciting week ahead with everyone shortly!

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