Week three is done for Gold Team! We kicked off the week with Canopy Relative Work (CRW) and every team member was able to get beautiful stacks together with their tracking partners. We performed the maneuvers so well as a team, that we were able to progress to down planes, and three stack formations! The main focus for the week however, was on the exciting baton pass, perfecting our rates of closure and angles from the target to create perfect diamonds in the sky with our smoke trails. Although we had to struggle again with less than desirable weather conditions, we were able to make over 175 jumps this week, bringing us to just over 700 jumps for this winter training period!
Our 2015 season’s first demo into the Homestead Rodeo was unfortunately cancelled due to low clouds. But! We showed our support for Black Team, by attending their demo into the rodeo the next day.
Even though we missed out on this demonstration, we had the pleasure of jumping into “Career Day” at Airbase Elementary School, just outside the gates of Homestead Air Reserve Base. We wowed the 1100 elementary students and teachers in attendance, and were able to have a few lucky kids come help us pack our parachutes.
Looking ahead, we will continue to build on our maneuvers, integrating more CRW and perfecting the baton pass. This coming week we will start training on the demanding diamond track, and continue to get our individual target scores dialed down. We look forward to sharing our exciting week ahead with everyone shortly!
As the Gold Demonstration Team wrapped up week one at the Golden Knights Annual Certification Cycle in Homestead, Florida, we are proud of all that we have accomplished. Though we had to endure tough weather conditions, which included high winds and lots of fog, we managed to accumulate over 180 jumps for our entire Team.
This year we also have welcomed three new Teammates who we were excited to start training, and they have already integrated seamlessly into the fold. Using the undesirable weather conditions to our advantage, we forged ahead on our narration training, and held classes that introduced the new Teammates to various skills and tasks that will be imperative to know throughout both winter training and the 2015 Demonstration season.
Looking ahead, we are moving into week two focusing on more stack out maneuvers, and integrating flags into our canopy training. We are also excited to perform our first demonstration of 2015 at the 66th Annual PRCA Homestead Championship Rodeo on Saturday, January 24th. For those in the area this weekend, we would love to have you come check us out!
SSG Koch talks with passenger
Gold Team Leader SFC Thomas Melton leads FY-15 ACC
Major Steven M. Coston was selected as the Golden Knight Aviator of the Year at the team’s Christmas party December 3, 2014. MAJ Coston is from Fayetteville, NC and assigned as the Detachment Commander for the United States Army Parachute Team Aviation Detachment.
MAJ Coston received his commission through the Army ROTC program at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and began his service in the Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama in May 1999. His previous assignments include Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Huachuca, AZ; Wiesbaden, Germany; Fort George G. Meade, MD; and Arifjan, Kuwait. MAJ Coston has completed multiple combat deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MAJ Coston has earned the Senior Aviator Badge and Combat Action Badge; and awards including the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (1OLC).