SitrepAtholtonIt has been a very long year with the extreme government cutbacks, but the Team is running like a fine tuned Ferrari.

The US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights has always played a leading role as the Department of Defense’s Aerial Parachute Demonstration Team, as well as the Army’s most winning and decorated World Champion Competition Teams. Today, like never before, these Soldiers have to pay attention to every detail, be it technical, physical or psychological to be accepted into this highly select and elite group of Ambassadors of the Army.

Golden Knights are elite Soldiers from around the world with diversified skills, technological training and backgrounds, who all share a true passion and professional dedication not only to succeed, but to excel in support of their country while connecting the Army with the American Public.

This past year more so than days past, the Command and team members intensified the Assessment and Selection Program, Annual Certification Cycle and Laurinburg-Maxton drop zone training progressively. They’ve widened the long range mission using visionary planning through class room, wind tunnel and ground training to guarantee, excellence, professionalism and precision ultimately to progress with a dynamic show season.

This first demonstration of the show season by the Gold Demonstration Team today offered a truly versatile experience, displaying flags, 2-stacks and served as a venue to take the students, guest and faculty on a voyage to a three dimensional speed of majestic viewing the art of parachuting through their eyes and to enjoy a virtual trip through these beautiful Columbia, Maryland skies.

SSG George Perez helps Superintendent Foose following tandem jump from 13,500 ft.

SSG George Perez helps Superintendent Foose following tandem jump from 13,500 ft.

Today Howard County’s first female school Superintendent Renee Foose made a tandem jump at Atholton High School in front of about 3000 students faculty and quest. Ms Foose was on a mission to inspire students to dream big. She said,” you can jump out of airplanes, or be the next winner of the Voice.” From a glorious past, showcased by fifty-five years of testing, evaluation, experimentation and record-breaking history presented through the lens of its past to the bright expanding technological clear eye to its future was exemplified by the exclusive premier of the live video feed meticulously designed by Black team photographer SSG Chris Clark, seen from 12,500 feet above earth today, at the Atholton High School Demonstration.

Superintendent Renee Foose thanking SFC Joe Jones for incredible experience!

Superintendent Renee Foose thanking SFC Joe Jones for incredible experience!





It has only just begun….. there will be a lot more exciting news to follow, stay tuned!

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SSG Perez directs SSG Clark who is wearing the video transmitter on his helment to the dropzone

SSG Perez directs SSG Clark who is wearing the video transmitter on his helment to the dropzone


News Media documenting event

News Media documenting event




Gold Demonstration Team with Atholton JRTC Cadet

Gold Demonstration Team with Atholton JRTC Cadet

GK lady in training with SSG Gallagher

GK lady in training with SSG Gallagher







Team Six

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With March on the horizon and only one month left in our Annual Certification Cycle, Team Six continues to rack up the safe flight hours and total lifts to altitude supporting all of the Golden Knights demonstrators.

Things have been very exciting here in Homestead!  We conducted night operations on the 13th beginning at 0100 and jumping through sunrise.  Jumping at night is always very exciting as we get to watch the demonstrators leave our aircraft into the dark of night and ignite pyrotechnics as they fall through the sky. 

We were visited by the former Team Six Commander, MAJ Craig Blackwood last week .   It is always good to have Golden Knight alums that stop in and check on us and continue to show their steadfast support. 

DAC Ken Breeden and CIV Frank Reiner of our maintenance team departed this week to pick up our newly painted C-31 Troopship 607.  The paint looks great and with a fresh maintenance overhaul and we look forward to placing her back into service for the upcoming show season.  Speaking of the C-31 Troopship; our detachment as part of the total team voted on various names to paint onto the C-31’s that will remain with those aircraft through their retirement.  The final names have not been released yet, but look for the names on the side of our aircraft as we stop through your town this year.

Our pilots and crewchiefs received their tentative show slating this week and know which teams they will support for the year and which shows they will participate in.  Signing up for shows is a process our team carries out each year and generally pilots and crew members get to travel to their hometowns if those shows are scheduled.  Even the most senior pilots get the gleam in their eye when the show schedule is released!   It’s a proud moment when our new pilots and crewmembers see their name next to a schedule show.

CW4 Jason Davis and CW3 David Burns redeployed to Fort Bragg to support the men and women’s competition teams in their workups for upcoming competitions.  The weather in February can be a challenge for jumping in North Carolina, but the pilots and competitors are putting in long days when the weather permits.

Finally, we welcomed a new crewchief, SGT Broderick DeArmas, to our team.  He comes to us from the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade where he worked in the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance facility. 

Until next time; Blue Skies!


Golden Knights Annual Certification Cycle


Black Team Demonstrator SSG Rese Pendelton ask’s What is is?





Let the Sparks Fly

Golden Knights Annual Certification CycleAs the Gold Demonstration Team works their way into the second month of the Golden Knights Annual Certification Cycle, the resolute focus on the team remains with safety, target accuracy, and perfecting the show to bring to the public.  After a strenuous first few weeks of five to eight jumps a day, Gold Team has found its rhythm and is working together like a well oiled machine. 

The team has been conducting one to two Canopy Relative Work (CRW) jumps every day.  This is where one jumper will fly their canopy right into the hands of another jumper at altitudes between 2,500 to 6,000 feet and bring in the stacked parachutes to land in the target area.  Gold team has conducted many two and three stacks, along with a few side by sides.  It takes a great amount of confidence in your teammates in order to conduct these maneuvers with precision and safety. 

Gold Team let the sparks fly over Homestead, Florida while performing four night jumps.  After three jumps at lower altitudes, personnel from Gold Team, Black Team and Tandem Team came together to perform a joint mass from 12,500 feet. 

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