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

 

Gold Team delivers game ball to Harnett Central High

The Golden Knights delivered a football to the Harnett Central High School Game on last Friday night via our twin otter dehaviland aircraft from over 2’500 feet.  At speeds of 120 mph the game ball was ready for the kick off on time and on point.  The Gold Team had a wonderful time introducing the High School to each of the team mates and speaking to the JROTC about the many different experiences that each of the soldiers have cherished. For one jumper he said that his favorite memory is always the very last jump that he has the honor and privilege of representing more than 500’000 U.S. Army soldiers. Gold Team prepares to end its season with upcoming next week at Kemah Park in Texas.  We all look forward to this jump every year for the opportunity and excitement of the Kemah Boardwalk.

 

Stars, Stripes, and Sun

Well, a little sun that is. Over the weekend Black Demonstration Team arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and as is typical in southern Florida this time of year, a mix of sun, clouds, wind, and rain arrived as well. Friday evenings jump into Huizenga Park proved as difficult an operation as Black Team has conducted all year, with winds nearing the upper limits of the team’s capabilities. But with Team 6 Aviators at the controls of the C-31 Friendship Aircraft, high anticipation from the jumpers of a combined Black and Gold Team, and a brief lull in the winds, the crowd welcomed the Golden Knights first jumper into the landing area with cheers and applause. It just so happened that jumper was SGT David Echeverry, who is actually from Ft Lauderdale. “It is a privilege to have my family and friends here for this jump. What an honor to be able to represent The United States Army in the city where I grew up”, said SGT Echeverry.

Saturday’s night jump proved to be just as difficult. As the clouds rolled in with the dark of night, Black Team exited the aircraft from just above 7 thousand feet with night pyrotechnics ignited. Gusting winds challenged 8 jumpers to rely on all their skill to land each black and gold canopy on a small stretch of beach barely 100” by 100” wide. With all the precision you’ve come to expect from the Golden Knights, each jumper landed right on target.

Following each jump over the weekend, the team was greeted by Ft Lauderdale’s Mayor Seiler. Following Friday’s jump, the Mayor presented the team with a “Key to the City”, inviting the Golden Knights back to Ft Lauderdale anytime. The team then presented the Mayor and the CEO of the Miami Dolphins, Mike Dee, with 2 footballs which were flown in by the jumpers. Owner Mike Dee then asked SFC Brian Sealing, in a surprise invitation, to “bring the team back down to jump into the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots game on December 2nd.” SFC Sealing gladly accepted the invitation by simply replying “Deal!”

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