Fort Knox Tandem Camp

FtKnox Collage  It was a dreary and overcast day when the Tandem section of the United States Army Parachute Team stepped off the plane in Louisville International Airport, KY. on Tuesday, the 10th of June. The weather would hold steady causing the first day of jumping to be cancelled.

Fortunately those tandem students were afforded the opportunity to come back the following day. The Thursday morning was looking about the same as the previous two days, but the hopes remained high for all the people on the ground to get up into the sky. With 24 anxious students, the clouds began to break and smiles began to spread as the team boarded the aircraft to conduct their wind test to get the day started.

After a few attempts to get to altitude because of the clouds, the team was able to get to the prescribed altitude and they took to the sky. There was a wide variety of students consisting of doctors, teachers and coaches from colleges and high schools in and around the Fort Knox area, who were extremely excited and glad the clouds had made their way out of the Kentucky skies.

Among the students was a young, energetic up and coming country singer, Brinn Black, who had a blast with SFC Noah Watts, who safely guided her all the way to the ground. The Tandem section finished up with the rest of their tandem passengers that Friday afternoon and packed up the plane in preparation to head back home to Fort Bragg, North Carolina the following day.

All of the anxious students had actually had a great Army Strong Experience by placing their lives in the hands of these professional Soldiers and jumping out of a plane.

SFC Chris Aceveda

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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.veooz.com/photos/7H97Hjv.html

https://www.facebook.com/HoCoSchools

www.abc2news.com/…/howard-county-superintendent-rene 

www.myfoxdc.com/…/howard-co-school-superintendent-goes-skydi

 

 

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

 

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