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.


Golden Knights Vertical Program takes 2nd Place

IMG_9438-WThe GKVP team has participated in their first competition of the year. They went to Gunslingers Dos: The Fiesta Continues, which is a wind tunnel competition that took place at the iFly tunnel in Austin, Texas from May 8th-9th. The team arrived in Austin on the 7th and headed directly to the wind tunnel to test it out and see what the ideal wind speed to fly at was. After flying some formations and figuring out the wind speeds, the team was ready for the competition the following day.

The team competed in the vertical formation skydiving event on May 8th against two other teams. At 1:30 pm, all of the teams attending the briefing for the day got to draw for all 8 rounds of the competition. Right away the team got to work and started engineering the formations. Once 3:30 pm came around, the competition started! Each team is given one minute to fly, but only scored on 35 seconds. All of the teams knocked out the first round and did very well. But there’s no time to relax, because now it’s time to walk the dive for the next round. This process is repeated after every round until the last one is completed.

The competition is over for VFS, and the final scores will be released the following day at the award ceremony, the team can finally relax after a full day of hard work. The competition comes to an end on Saturday May 9th, and all of the competitors meet at a local restaurant for the awards. GKVP won second place with an 18.625 average. SDC Core took first place and third place went to team 4 Non-Blondes.

Not too long after Gunslingers, the team was scheduled to compete in The Bay Brawl at iFly San Francisco, May 17th. With only a week between the two competitions, the team trains hard to keep up the pace. The team flies out and arrives in San Francisco two nights prior. The very next day, the team flies in iFly San Francisco for the first time to get an idea for the wind speed and to get used to the size of the tunnel for the competition. After flying, the team feels confident about the following day. Sunday comes around and the team heads to the tunnel early to start walking the dive pool. Once 5 pm rolls around, the competition starts. The team has committed the first dive to memory and starts off slow and smooth right out the gates. For the first 2 rounds, the Golden Knights are in last, but following close behind the second place team. As the rounds continue, the team starts pulling ahead and gaining a strong foothold in second place. The team finished the competition with a 17.8 point average, claiming second place! GKVP continues to train hard for upcoming competitions and greatly appreciates everyone’s support.

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