Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo3stack4USAPT returned from Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL to Fort Bragg, NC after a successful Annual Certification Cycle. The Team completed nearly 6,000 jumps.

We supported and trained with visiting DoD Teams including the Black Daggers, the West Point Parachute Team Coach, and instructors from the US Air Force Academy. We focused on new diciplines to add to the demonstrations this year including wing suits. The demonstration teams made 117 wing suit jumps in preparation for the new show season and world record attempt later this year.

The Aviation Detachment,”Team 6,” conducted 662 sorties without incident thanks to their professionalism and the hard work of our maintenance section.

Photo 2The VFS Team departed for Sebastian, FL last week to participate in another “head down” world record training camp. The camps are mandatory for participation in the world record attempt coming up later in the year and are where event organizers select participants for the record. So far, USAPT has four Soldiers invited to participate. SFC Abeln, SSG Pendleton, SSG Stahler,and SGT Martin will travel to Illinois in August and attempt to break the record of 138 people falling towards the Earth together, head down, at nearly 200 mph.Photo 1

 

 

 

Last week, two Cadet free fall teams from West Point traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for coaching from our 8-Way Competition Team. SFC Drew Starr spent the week with the two teams of Cadets at the Paraclete wind tunnel and the local drop zone to coach them on their competitive free fall skills.

SFC Matt Davidson was featured in the online magazine, Skydive Mag, for an article offering advice to other jumpers on skills necessary to compete in formation skydiving. SFC Davidson is writing several more articles for future issues where civilian skydivers can look to the Golden Knights for advice and training. SFC Davidson’s article can be found at http://www.skydivemag.com/article/working-with-your-clone-piece-partner.

The Women’s 4-way FST trained in the wind tunnel preparing for their upcoming meet in Bedford, England. Over 100 teams will compete in the Bedford meet.

Black Team kicked off the 2015 Air Show Season with a weekend demonstration at Keesler, AFB in Biloxi, MS.  The Gold Team will be heading out to Tyndal AFB Open House in Panama City Florida for the weekend of 11-12 April.

Check back with us next week to find out the latest and greatest on your USAPT.Photo 3Wing suit 3Photo 5

DO PILOTS JUMP?

20130220“Do you (have to) jump?” No, we do not have to jump. We are Aviators, not Jumpers, and as pilots those of us on Team Six are required when on duty to remain with the plane and pilot it safely to the ground.

“Ok, but can you jump if you want?” Sure! We can ride along with the Tandem team. In fact, some of us have taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity and received some invaluable cross-training exposure in the process. Sharing this experience gives a glimpse from the point of view of those whom we support daily. During our winter training this year, timing and weather afforded us an opportunity to enjoy this experience once again. The pilots were enthusiastic, the Jumpers professional and supportive as always, and the experience invaluable, yet again. Many thanks from Team Six to the Jumpers and especially the Tandem Team for your unending support.

 

 

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.

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