This past weekend in Houston Texas the Gold Demonstration Team unfortunately made only one single jump into the great state of Texas. SFC Dustin Peregrin was able to make the jumping narrator pass into the Kemah Boardwalk but unfortunately due to the unpredictable weather conditions the rest of the team was weathered out.
The Team was later scheduled to perform a daring jump into Reliant Stadium during the pre-game show of the Houston Texans NFL game on Sunday. However the Reliant Stadium managers had to make a weather call 1 hour prior to the jump and decided to close the retractable roof thus terminating our demonstration jump. Although the team was very disappointed in not being able to jump before the fans we were able to make an appearance on the field in helping to welcome our 41st President George H. W. Bush and the Houston Texans to the field. The Texans would later win the game 30-12 over the Browns.
Gold Team is now on its way to Fort Jackson South Carolina in preparing our next jump into a basic training graduation.
October 28, 2011 will be a day remembered for many civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines of the Fort Belvoir Virginia area. Today marked the grand opening of the 1.03 Billion dollar medical facility. This facility will be replacing the famed Walter-Reed Medical Center the earlier this year has begun their closing process. This is America’s newest, most extraordinary, most technically advanced facility, said Vice Adm. John M. Mateczun, commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical. Gold Team was honored in being apart of the opening ceremony for the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital that will serve so many of our fellow service members.
Gold Team was given the opportunity to fly the original Red Cross flag that was flown over Walter-Reed for so many wonderful years. The trust and honor of delivering this flag was given to SFC Dustin Peregrin of Canby Oregon. After jumping from 2,500 feet in almost 20 degree weather the Gold Demonstration team delivered Red Cross flag on target and on time. We then concluded our jump with an opportunity to meet and greet with the staff of the hospital. Gold Team returns back to Fort Bragg for 1 week and then we are off to Texas.
Gold team landed in Missouri on Friday with a warm welcome even though the weather was a bit cold and windy. The team prepared for the attendance in the homecoming parade and jump into the stadium for the Southeast Missouri University football game. The night prior to all the festivities the team was welcomed into the home of Lana Arnzen (a longtime friend of the Golden Knights) where they were received with open arms and treated like family. With a great home cooked meal and some new friends Gold team was ready for the busy day to come.
It started off with the university’s homecoming parade where Gold Team would lead it out! Riding on a float and being pulled by the Cape Girardeau recruiting battalion, the spectator turnout for the event was overwhelmed with American patriots. Gold Team then moves to the airfield in preparation for the Redhawks game. With the sun shining, a clear blue sky, and light winds, we couldn’t have asked for better jump conditions. The team geared up in decorative SEMO jerseys to show their support and performed an amazing show for the rowdy crowd. Two high performance canopies wowed the crowd by leading the stack in followed by another jumper flying in the game ball, while closing the stack with a bi-plane onto the field and our camera man landing dead center on the 50 yard line. Once on the ground the amazing city of Cape Girardeau continues with wonderful support and make us feel right at home.
At the end of the day, Gold team prepared to travel back to fort Bragg. Knowing that one day they would be back to see their old friends again soon.