Black Team Leading into Week Two of ACC

IMG_8308-wThe Black Demonstration Team spent week two of our Annual Certification Cycle, completing 306 total stack out jumps, which allows the team to exit our aircraft at lower altitudes to practice our stack discipline and allows the team to accomplish more jumps throughout the day.

The team is progressing quickly with dialing in our accuracy scores to ensure precision landings at our air shows. Additionally, we incorporated both the packing and pulling down of our state flags, while under canopy during the first jump of the day. This has allowed our two newest team mates to learn the functionality of their flag line, while simultaneously working their way into the stack.

Each team member has an assigned tracking partner for our maneuvers, to include the “fan favorite”, canopy relative work ( where both partners work together to stack two canopies on top of each other.)

Our first jump on Wednesday and Thursday of this week was dedicated to canopy relative work progression and each demonstrator successfully accomplished this task. The team has their sights set on working our way up to the more advanced canopy relative work maneuvers such as the side-by-side and down-plane towards the end of winter training.

Next week the team begins with baton pass maneuvers and closes out this week with a demonstration into the Homestead Rodeo Sunday afternoon.

 

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West Chester Rotor fest 2014

photo 1The Gold Demonstration team traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania over the weekend to perform for the West Chester Rotorfest. SSG Jon Clevenger and SSG Mike Koch supported the local recruiters by attending a high school football game. There they presented one of the high school students with a plaque for demonstrating all of the core Army values. They also assisted in the coin toss as well as awarding coins to each of the team captains, wishing them the best of luck in their game.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather, Saturday was a bust although the team did go to the airfield to meet with the volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol. The team answered questions about the many opportunities the Army can offer and described how the parachute system works and about the mission of the Golden Knights.

Sunday morning the skies opened up with beautiful weather and the team performed two demonstration jumps. The first being a mass formation narrated by SGT Daniel Osorio, and the second being a full show narrated by SSG Mike Koch. The Gold Demonstration team presented a baton, which was flown in freefall, to Mrs. Sherron Trio, one of the major organizers of the airshow. Sadly, this was the last airshow for Gold Team, but we are looking forward to the many sporting events we get to support in the near future.

 

Gold Team DC to Dover

_MG_9468Gold Demonstration Team had a busy weekend jumping into Washington DC and Delaware. The team had the privilege of jumping into Howard University in downtown DC, where the college was hosting a NCAA Football game. The Golden Knights got the game started with a 4,000 foot stack out, followed by a baton presentation to Wayne AI Frederick, the President of the School, as well as Coach Ted White, the football coach. The students were very excited about the jump and cheered for the team as they flew overhead. After the jump and line-up, the team met up with some of the students from the ROTC program to present them with a team lithograph. It was a joy to jump into such a motivated and exciting University.

Immediately following the jump into Howard University, the team loaded up and flew to Deleware for the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. The weather could not have been more beautiful for the jump. Since there were no winds, the team was able to perform a formation directly over the race track, causing the Bomb Burst to stretch to all angles of the stadium. Upon opening, the team brought their parachutes in for a nice show line spread, where each member of the team was assigned a different section of the stadium to land in front of. The NASCAR fans made Gold Team feel very welcome as they approached the race track for perfectly soft landings.

Everyone on the Gold Demonstration team felt honored to participate in two great events over the weekend. Until next time, Blue Skies!!_MG_8398_MG_9268
SSG Sherri Gallagher
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