Gold Team Flies Through Week Six & Seven of ACC

150219-A-XXXXX-001Weeks six and seven of ACC for the Gold demonstration team were advantageous ones. We were graced with the expertise of two professionals within the Air Show and skydiving fields, who helped to hone our skills as aerial demonstrators.

During week six, we welcomed Mr. Rob Reider, an Emmy award winning air show announcer. He worked closely with the newest team members, perfecting both their narration skills as well as presence on the microphone.

During week seven, the team met with the US Military Academy’s Parachute Team coach, Mr. Tom Falzone. With his expertise on formation skydiving, we were able to dial down our mass formations and even successfully create large 20-plus “big way” formations. During this week Gold team continued training on the diamond formation, as well as canopy relative work and narration.

Looking ahead, we will begin training on full show performances. This will be especially important for our three new members. It is finally an opportunity for them to train on the culmination of the last seven weeks of maneuvers and their accompanying narration. We will also be welcoming another guest coach, Mr. Randy Swallows, who will be assisting our freefall photographers in refining their video and photo skills.

Blue Skies!


Black Team Week Seven and Eight ACC

Larry diamond closing   Although our first air show in Biloxi, Mississippi is only a few weeks away,

we continue to stay focused on our Annual Certification training down here

in Homestead, Florida. During week seven and eight we had the opportunity

to work with long time friend of the team and WestPoint Coach, Mr. Tom

Falzone. The instruction and advice we received from him allowed the team to

hone in on our free fall skills, specifically when building (flying our

bodies together) numerous geometric shapes above Homestead Air Reserve Base.

The teams build formations ranging anywhere from ten to twenty four jumpers. In addition to working

with Mr. Falzone, the team has also been working closely with the United

States Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team “The Black Daggers,”

which has allowed both teams to improve their maneuvers and canopy skills

for the upcoming show season.


The team has been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to train and

eventually incorporate new maneuvers into our air show performances. Four

black team members were selected to begin wing suit training during week

seven. Each of them received a ground class from SFC Jon Ewald and SSG Chris

Clark, which included proper rigging of our parachute system into the wing

suit, exiting the aircraft, and flight characteristics of the wing suit

itself. We are eager to fly the US Army wing suits in the near future at air

shows, as well as other performances throughout the Nation.


During week eight Mr. Randy Swallows worked with our team photographers by

providing in depth classes on how the cameras we use on the team “think,”

which in turn allows our team free fall photographers to understand it’s

settings that will ultimately allow for a single photo to tell a Golden

Knight story. Each of the photographers received very informative and

easy-to-understand camera settings and technique classes ranging from basic

to advanced.


Wrapping up week seven and eight the team performed six full show

performances which allowed for our newest team mates to work on their

narration for the 2015 air show season that will enhance each of our

maneuvers for our spectators.

Looking ahead, the Black Demonstration Team

will be making training jumps into the Homestead NASCAR track and the

Florida Atlantic University Football field next week.

We are looking forward to heading back to Fort Bragg to spend time with our

families and prepping for our first show of the season in Biloxi, Mississippi!

Blue Skies

Black Team



Lea Gabrielle Soars To New Heights

Thimbsupweb712On January 23rd in brilliant blue skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fox News Journalist and Reporter, Lea Gabrielle climbed to unventured heights in the sky with The U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights.

Lea arrived at 7:00 am and was greeted by the Commander of the Golden Knights, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Weinrich, Tandem Team Leader Sergeant First Class Joe Jones, and the Women’s Champion 4-Way Formation Team (GKF4), Sergeants First Class Angela Nichols, Dannielle Woosley, Jennifer Davidson, and Laura Dickmeyer.

Lea completed her training, signed the necessary paper work and donned an Army black and gold jumpsuit. This accomplished Female Veteran Navy Pilot was well on the way to her once in a life time opportunity, placing her life in the hands of a very skilled professional Soldier.

Team pilots, Mr. Kenneth Breeden and Mr. Allen Aber, taxied the Viking Twin Otter to an elevation of 13,500 feet as the nervous reporter said to the Fox photographer, “This is the type of office I am so accustom to where I am flying, not jumping out of, a perfectly good airplane in to the thin air!”

Moments later the team videographers climbed out onto the struts of the aircraft and began filming the thrilling event. Lea and SFC Jones stepped into the door. She gave quick thumbs up and a patriotic salute. In a split second the pair went dove into the blue abyss of the morning sky and the magic had begun.






The GKF4 women’s competition team flew down to Lea and grasped her hands forming a perfect circle in the air. The videographers skillfully flew around the formation capturing her elated expressions.

Soon Lea found herself under a gigantic Army canopy sailing left and right spiraling round and round. SFC Jones then turned into the wind for a beautiful soft landing.


LTC Weinrich said, “The U.S. Army Parachute Team ‘Golden Knights’ enjoy the opportunity to conduct tandem parachute jumps with centers of influence around the country. While we treat all tandem passengers equally, the extent and effect of outreach news personalities and celebrities such as Ms. Lea Gabrielle have help inform the American public about the incredibly talented professionals we have across the Army Team. By including the Golden Knights’ Women’s 4-Way Formation Team into Lea’s jump, we demonstrated how the Golden Knights are, like the Army, a Team of Teams, which offer young men and women many opportunities. Because the Army generally operates in a joint environment with the other services, it was an honor working with Lea, a Navy Veteran, who understands the discipline, sacrifice, and professionalism required to serve in the military.”



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