Gold Team Wows the Crowds at the Wings Over Whiteman Airshow

Gold Team gathers for a pre-jump hoorah. Photo by SSG Joe Abeln

Gold Team gathers for a pre-jump hoorah. Photo by SSG Joe Abeln

The weekend was off to a great start at Whiteman AFB this weekend, with beautiful weather and large crowds, who were out enjoying the sunshine and impressive static displays, which included the B-2 Stealth Bomber.Two members from Tandem Team joined Gold Team for the weekend, and were able to take Katie Horner, the Chief Meteorologist from KCTV Channel 5 News of Kansas City, on a tandem Saturday morning, and were also able to supplement Gold Team on the remaining jumps this weekend. (more…)

NHRA’S Antron Brown slows down from 300 MPH to 120.

Antron Browns team

Antron Brown and members of his team get ready to jump.

Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork. Antron Brown came out to spend the day with the Golden Knights Tandem Team and brought his team of crew chiefs and mechanics with him.  Teamwork is a very important part of the Golden Knights and the U.S. Army.  Without the “Team” it would be impossible for the Golden Knights to conduct everyday operations.  We rely on Team Six to fly and maintain our aircraft.  We rely on ground personnel to make sure the DZ and airspace are safe to jump.  We rely on each other during the jump to make sure the jump is conducted as safe as possible. We rely on our Headquarters to make sure all of the jumpers are taken care of.  We all come together to work as a team to accomplish the mission.  Antrons’ team got a close up look of Teamwork within the Golden Knights today.

SFC Michael Elliott placing helment, gloves and gogles on harness

Antron Brown exiting the Twin Otter

Antron Brown exiting the Twin Otter

Antron Brown is a NHRA Top Fuel driver.  He routinely drives from 0-300 MPH in just a few quick seconds. It’s hard to imagine what 300 MPH feels like in an automobile.  Today we decided to leave all engines and roll cages on the ground.  We didn’t quite make it to 300MPH but we came close.  Ok, it was only 120 MPH but like I said there was no engines to give us a boost, just gravity.  Antron started the day off showing his team how to perfectly jump out of an airplane.  SFC Mike Elliott accompanied Antron on his jump.  I think the team had a bet to see who could scream the loudest in free fall and under their parachute.  As each of the team members exited the air craft loud screams and huge grins were sure to be seen. and heard.

Antron Brown and SFC Mike Elliott

Antron Brown and SFC Mike Elliott

After a long day of jumping and great support from our aviation section “Team Six”.  Antron and 11 of his teammates jumped from 2 1/2 miles above the drop zone.  Everyone learned a little bit about team work and how the Army operates and a little about being Army Strong. Antron Heads off to Charlotte, NC this weekend for the Third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals.

Perfect Landing
Antron Brown softly touches down.

Our Team Leader, SFC Mike Elliott finished his remarks by reciting a favorite quote: “An individual can win a game, but it takes a TEAM to win a Championship.”

Texas A&M University Professor takes research to a new Height.

Dr Tracy Hammond

Dr Tracy Hammond

Dr  Tracy  Hammond came all the way from Texas A&M University to help paratroopers.  Why not show her what jumping out of airplanes is all about.  Dr Hammond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M.  She came to Ft. Bragg to help the 18th ABN CORPS build a research solution to help paratroopers find there assigned heavy drop and assembly areas on the drop zone.  On Tuesday she spent the morning with Tandem Team. SFC Mike Elliott taught her about jumping out of airplanes Tandem style.  She was very excited for the opportunity to jump with the Golden Knights.  The weather was perfect.  Light winds and cool temperatures made it for a great day of skydiving. (more…)

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