Tandems,Tandems, Tandems

 

Haley Hinds WINK-TV

Haley Hinds WINK-TV

 

Another great year has started for the Tandem Section of the United States Army Parachute Team. After a year of sequestration, the team is happier than ever to be back in the sky with civilian and military centers of influence.

Already the section has taken to the beautiful skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base providing over a hundred fortunate tandem passengers with a thrill of a life time. All of these select individuals were nominated due to their commitment and involvement within the community.

Through the phenomenal assistance of Mr. Timothy Norton 482d Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL and Mr. Harvey Spigler Chief, Advertising and Public Affairs, US Army Recruiting Battalion Miami we have had a very diverse group experiencing our Tandem Orientation Program.

Through this program we can give nominated individuals the Army Strong experience of personally getting to know a Soldier and actually putting their lives in the hands of these skilled, and exceptionally trained Soldiers.

We have been fortunate to jump members of the military, Superintendents, Principals, Councilors, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and numerous media personalities. David Goodhue, an Upper Keys Reporter, Haley Hinds from WINK TV, and Joyce Kaufman-Delaney of 850 WFTL Radio are just a few locals that published their recent jumps with newspapers, radio and television.

It has been a great start to the New Year and the schedule only predicts it to get better as we move forward.  The team is highly motivated and excited to get back on the road and bring Americas Army to her people in 2014.  Hopefully we’ll get to see a few of your smiling faces out there. Until next time, Blue Skies from Tandem Team.

Link to Hailey Hinds WINK-TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RXYhCBxMPs&feature=youtu.be

For more information visit us at goarmy.com, armygk.com, twitter.com/armygk, facebook.com/usarmygoldenknights and youtube.com/armygoldenknights

 20140211_Abe_Joyce Delaney20140124_Ace_David Goodhue

http://www.keysnet.com/2014/01/30/494374/army-parachute-team-moves-into.html

Link to David Goodhue Keys Net Reporter

 

HOT In Homestead

   The United States Army Parachute Team began Winter Training at Homestead, ARB today in a sweltering 80-degree weather.

    The Black and Gold Demonstration Teams jumped right through the day with picturesque gray, blue and huge white puffy clouds and even a slight bit of rain.

    World Record Swoop Champion, Sergeant 1st Class Greg Windmiller gave a very intricate class to about twelve team members in canopy proficiency.

    The newest team members that graduated from the Assessment and Selection Program in October seemed a little tense but very eager to get started, while the senior members where just happy to get back to training.

    Each new guy is assigned an old guy to mentor and advise through out the show season, beginning with the intense two months of winter training.

    Today both demonstration teams completed eight jumps before the liquid sunshine came in to nourish our beautiful bright green-sodded drop zone.

Skydive Chicago

Fifteen excited people ventured through the gloomy clouds in hope of experiencing the thrill of a lifetime. The room was full of chattering and laughter as team members talked to people throughout the room waiting for everyone to arrive.

SFC Joe Jones began the tandem training, showed the wavier and gave an in-depth explanation about the tandem equipment that would be used during their personal tandem jump. Each individual tandem team member was introduced and gave their own personal Army story.

Unfortunately the ceiling stayed low and rains moved in and the jumps had to be delayed until the next day.

Tuesday morning the land was covered with dense fog and finally the sun broke through to form a glorious day for Gold Star Family members, which celebrated and faced fears with relief filled tears, joy and laughter.

Craig Belt was here last year with his wife Barbara but couldn’t jump due to the weight limit. Craig was determined to jump and reached a goal of losing 75lbs just so he could jump this year.

Then the 3rd ROTC Brigade Black Hawk Centers of Influence began their journey to 13,500 feet. Fourteen very different people from different walks of life and ages joined into a unified team to share the Army Strong Experience.

Erin Levschel an English Teacher was a bundle of nerves and said, “I am totally petrified, and I can’t believe I am doing this, I must be crazy.” You could hear her screaming from the moment she left the plane. When she landed she jumped up and down shouting I did it, I did it!

 Wednesday morning was a majestic puffy cloud, blue-sky day

Juan Velasquez said, “I’m really scared, but want to do this for my brother.”

The whole Weiss family Andrew, AJ and mom Julianne attended the Gold Star workshop. AJ said, that “he looked up after exiting the plane and never in his life did he think he would see his mom and skydive  above her!”

Julianne a teeny petite, bright blue-eyed mom said, I am ready to touch the sky in an interview prior to her jump. She glided through the brilliant blue clouds and stood up with a soft tiptoe landing. All of a sudden she was springing up and down all over the field all the way to her Gold Star Family support team, and Andrew said, “she’s my little energizer bunny!”

Following the Gold Star Family jumps,  COI’s from Chicago ,Indianapolis, Great Lakes, Minneapolis and Milwaukee Recruiting Battalions were anxiously awaiting for their name to be called from the manifest.

Dr. Randall Allen, (SFC Retired), USA Olympic Archery Coach and Judge, Tech Prep. Coordinator for Bay College said that it was one of the most awesome experiences of his life. Following his jump he handed out a RAK (random act of kindness) card, and arrows as a memento from his Army Strong Experience.

Honorable Ben Hodgin, Mayor of Hartford City said his experience was fantastic. When Ben was given his tandem certificate he said, “This was not just Army Strong, This was Army Cool!”

Mark Warner Executive Dean for Education at the Mayo Clinic is no stranger to the Army Experience and said that he thoroughly enjoyed his jump and was grateful for the opportunity. His son is a pilot with the Air Forces’ Thunderbirds, His brother is a Jag Officer stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, the home of the Golden Knights.

 

 

 

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