Fayetteville Swamp Dogs

 

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

SSG James Hackett Jumping in the American Flag to Lee Greenwoods God Bless America

 

The Black Demonstration Team had the honor of being able to perform a local parachute demonstration this weekend at the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs baseball game.The Fayetteville Swamps Dogs are a collegiate summer baseball team playing in the Costal Plain League since the 2001 season, when they swamped the South Division with a record of 18 wins and 8 losses.

  Eleven black team demonstrators exited our C-31 Friendship five thousand feet above JP Riddle Stadium and put on a fantastic display of our infamous stackout maneuvers followed by a biplane (canopy relative work), which was piloted by SSG Chris Clark and navigator SGT David Echeverry to close out the show.

  SSG Chris Clark jumped in the game ball and presented it to the City of Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson, who threw the first pitch into the game. It is such a great privilege to be able to jump into local venues around our prestigious All American City, which is the Home of the US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. It was such a great pleasure to have our friends, family and local community cheering us on as we landed our black and gold canopies in the center of the stadium.  Join us for our next stop Rockford, Illinois!

SSG Bixler

 

 

 

 

Salute to Veterans Air Show

 

SGT Trey Martin shot this beautiful 7-way over Columbis

SGT Trey Martin shot this beautiful 7-way over Columbia

Gold Team spent Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Columbia, MO. The town made us feel at home and started the exciting weekend with a shotgun shoot team event with a variety of show participants and other veterans.

 Friday we were very honored to have veterans come watch our mass formation practice for the Salute to the Veterans Air Show. Early the next morning, weather started to roll in, but we were able to get our full show off before the rain came pouring down on us. We waited for quite awhile on stand by for our opportunity to perform our second jump of the day. The clouds were hanging over head, but determinedly we took off in our C-31 Friendship Fokker, modified our show and performed for those that patiently awaited the gloomy weather out.

  The robust dark layer of clouds cleared over night and gave us a great day on Sunday to perform our full show and a mass formation to close out the air show. The weekend was over but we still had one thing left to do. We had the privilege to jump into the start of the infamous Columbia Memorial Day Parade. The team did a show line spread down Broadway Street in front of hundreds of cheering fans and landed throughout the downtown intersections just prior to the start of the parade. After completing the jump, the team joined the patriotic parade before heading to the opening ceremonies.

  The team would like to thank the City of Columbia, Ms Mary Posner and the great people who made his weekend possible.

SSG Jon  Clevenger

 

SFC Brian Karst getting help packing his parachute

SFC Brian Karst getting help packing his parachute

Salute To Veterans Parade

Salute To Veterans Parade

Sgt Blake Gaynor

SGT Blake Gaynor

     

 

Gold Demonstration Team Led by SFC Dustin Peregrin

Gold Demonstration Team
Led by SFC Dustin Peregrin

 

Black Team Thunder

 

Black Team Flying High Over Travis AFB

Black Team Flying High Over Travis AFB

 The Black demonstration team led by SFC Kevin Presgraves traveled to Travis Air Force Base, CA for the Thunder Over Solano Air Show this past weekend. The team began making their impressions within the Fairfield community upon landing and paid a visit to a local high school. We had the honor of speaking with the Air Force JROTC class at Fairfield High School along with the local Army recruiters.

 The team was set to make three performances this past weekend and kicked off the air show with our first mass performance show of the air show season on Friday. The team then attended the wonderful air show sponsored social. We had the opportunity to meet all of the air show performers and received a warm welcome from Travis Air Force Base. Unfortunately, we were not able to put on our full show performance on Saturday due to high winds. The team was still able to give the spectators a full team lineup introduction while Team Six made three low altitude passes over show center.

 As Golden Knights, we are not only known for our precision free fall and canopy skills, but for the ability we have to interact with the American public. Since our designation as the official aerial demonstration unit we continue to make lasting impressions in hopes of inspiring young men and women to become Army Strong. The Black demonstration team did just that this weekend and even had the opportunity to pack our parachutes with the assistance of some of our spectators. GroupFB

Black team took their full show performance to the blue skies of Travis AFB in front of a reported 85,000 spectators on Sunday. The Golden Knights opened the show flying in our Nations Colors to a live National Anthem.  On board our aircraft for this performance were reporters from World Air Show News, KTVU Channel 2 as well as PAO’s from Travis AFB. The team performed the baton pass, diamond track and a mass formation followed by a signature Golden Knight team lineup. The team heads back to Fort Bragg, NC this week to prep for their next air show May 9th-11th at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix in Lakehurst, NJ.

By SSG Shelbie Bixler

Photos by  SSG Reese Pendleton

 

SSG Bixler sending spotting information to team through SFC Corey Hood

SSG Bixler sending spotting information to team through SFC Corey Hood

Bixler AmerFLG

PFC Winger High Five

PFC Winger High Five

SFC Presgraves talking with audience

SFC Presgraves talking with audience

 

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