SFC Davidson Mentored the Buccaneers onTeamwork

mattspeach2On the evening of Tuesday, March 17, SFC Matt Davidson of the 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team was invited by the Jack Britt High School Baseball Team to throw the honorary First Pitch to open their game. This marked the fifth year the Buccaneers have held their Annual Military Appreciation Night.

Prior to the game, SFC Davidson was invited to talk to the Buccaneers about the importance of teamwork, of being a part of something larger than the individual and working together toward a common objective. Drawing from his 20 plus years of experience, the three time World Champion shared insight as to what it takes to become a highly successful team.

Led by Coach Christopher Dague, the Buccaneers took to the field in large fashion, demonstrating a high level of precision, discipline and teamwork. They won the game by a wide margin, besting the E.E. Smith Golden Bulls by a score of 15 – 2.


Leap of Faith for Tandem Passengers

20140818 Noah2 20140820 Rich1Half way through ACC in Homestead, Florida, tandem team takes part in a program designed to give back to those that have lost so much. Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th, the Leap of Faith program took place. This program was created by Operation Support Our Troops-America. It is a 2 day seminar for families of fallen troops that encourages life on the other side of grief and loss and teaches principles of courage, trust, letting go and building community. On the second day, the attendees of this program take a literal leap of faith with an Army Golden Knight.

Among the people attending the program was Shannon Thorp, Kate D’Corazon, and Cassandra Randolph. They, like the many others in the program, made their Leap of Faith in honor of a loved one that had lost their lives whether it was over seas or back home. Shannon Thorp had stated that after her loss, she vowed to never turn down an amazing opportunity, such as the Leap of Faith. Not only are we helping these families, but we ourselves are honoring the fallen as they were our brother’s and sister’s in arms. It is an amazing honor for the Golden Knights to help these families and take them on their Leap of Faith.


Gold Team Flies Through Week Six & Seven of ACC

150219-A-XXXXX-001Weeks six and seven of ACC for the Gold demonstration team were advantageous ones. We were graced with the expertise of two professionals within the Air Show and skydiving fields, who helped to hone our skills as aerial demonstrators.

During week six, we welcomed Mr. Rob Reider, an Emmy award winning air show announcer. He worked closely with the newest team members, perfecting both their narration skills as well as presence on the microphone.

During week seven, the team met with the US Military Academy’s Parachute Team coach, Mr. Tom Falzone. With his expertise on formation skydiving, we were able to dial down our mass formations and even successfully create large 20-plus “big way” formations. During this week Gold team continued training on the diamond formation, as well as canopy relative work and narration.

Looking ahead, we will begin training on full show performances. This will be especially important for our three new members. It is finally an opportunity for them to train on the culmination of the last seven weeks of maneuvers and their accompanying narration. We will also be welcoming another guest coach, Mr. Randy Swallows, who will be assisting our freefall photographers in refining their video and photo skills.

Blue Skies!


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