Gold Team at Atholton

photogaurd  1Gold Team opened up the show season with an awesome opportunity to connect with some amazing students and JROTC members from Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. The weather was looking bleak heading to the school, but the clouds opened up and the sun came out right in time for the show to start.

The team had the privilege of working with local recruiters and two members from their sister unit, the Army Marksmanship Unit, to interact with the students for a few hours before the jump. The members of both teams spent the first hour in a classroom telling their Army stories and answering questions about the many opportunities the Army has to offer, as well as questions about parachuting and marksmanship. After that, the team linked up with the local recruiters outside, where they had an Army Strong booth and pull-up bar for some friendly competition between the students.

After the great morning of interacting with everyone at Atholton, the team geared up and prepared to perform the show. Tandem team leader, SFC Joe Jones and videographer SFC Jared Zell, two of our tandem team members joined us for the performance. They had the honor of taking the Superintendent of the school district, Mrs. Renee Foose, on a tandem skydive into the football field in the middle of Gold Team’s demonstration. As an extra bit of excitement, the whole jump was broadcasted live on an 11 foot jumbotron allowing all the students to see what the videographer was seeing.

SGT Blake Gaynor was the first one to jump, bringing in the POW flag, while a detachment of the Army Band played the Army Strong song. After a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, performed by a young lady in JROTC, SGT Gaynor narrated the rest of the jumpers into the landing area. The jumps were conducted flawlessly and the baton pass and mass formation was completed without a hitch. Once all the jumpers were on the ground, the team presented the Atholton High School Principal, Mrs. Jennifer Clements, with the baton that was flown in free fall.

Upon completion of the performance, many of the students joined the jumpers on the field to take pictures and ask questions. It was an honor working with the schools JROTC, Color Guard, and Band and the team wishes continued success to all the students of Atholton. Blue Skies.

By SGT Gallagher

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SitrepAtholtonIt has been a very long year with the extreme government cutbacks, but the Team is running like a fine tuned Ferrari.

The US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights has always played a leading role as the Department of Defense’s Aerial Parachute Demonstration Team, as well as the Army’s most winning and decorated World Champion Competition Teams. Today, like never before, these Soldiers have to pay attention to every detail, be it technical, physical or psychological to be accepted into this highly select and elite group of Ambassadors of the Army.

Golden Knights are elite Soldiers from around the world with diversified skills, technological training and backgrounds, who all share a true passion and professional dedication not only to succeed, but to excel in support of their country while connecting the Army with the American Public.

This past year more so than days past, the Command and team members intensified the Assessment and Selection Program, Annual Certification Cycle and Laurinburg-Maxton drop zone training progressively. They’ve widened the long range mission using visionary planning through class room, wind tunnel and ground training to guarantee, excellence, professionalism and precision ultimately to progress with a dynamic show season.

This first demonstration of the show season by the Gold Demonstration Team today offered a truly versatile experience, displaying flags, 2-stacks and served as a venue to take the students, guest and faculty on a voyage to a three dimensional speed of majestic viewing the art of parachuting through their eyes and to enjoy a virtual trip through these beautiful Columbia, Maryland skies.

SSG George Perez helps Superintendent Foose following tandem jump from 13,500 ft.

SSG George Perez helps Superintendent Foose following tandem jump from 13,500 ft.

Today Howard County’s first female school Superintendent Renee Foose made a tandem jump at Atholton High School in front of about 3000 students faculty and quest. Ms Foose was on a mission to inspire students to dream big. She said,” you can jump out of airplanes, or be the next winner of the Voice.” From a glorious past, showcased by fifty-five years of testing, evaluation, experimentation and record-breaking history presented through the lens of its past to the bright expanding technological clear eye to its future was exemplified by the exclusive premier of the live video feed meticulously designed by Black team photographer SSG Chris Clark, seen from 12,500 feet above earth today, at the Atholton High School Demonstration.

Superintendent Renee Foose thanking SFC Joe Jones for incredible experience!

Superintendent Renee Foose thanking SFC Joe Jones for incredible experience!

 

 

 

 

It has only just begun….. there will be a lot more exciting news to follow, stay tuned!

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SSG Perez directs SSG Clark who is wearing the video transmitter on his helment to the dropzone

SSG Perez directs SSG Clark who is wearing the video transmitter on his helment to the dropzone

 

News Media documenting event

News Media documenting event

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Gold Demonstration Team with Atholton JRTC Cadet

Gold Demonstration Team with Atholton JRTC Cadet

GK lady in training with SSG Gallagher

GK lady in training with SSG Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Out of the Gold and into the Black ….. Rodeo Arenas and NASCAR Tracks!

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Words can’t begin to sum up how much we all have progressed throughout these past six weeks of training down here in Homestead, FL (our home away from home).  Since week three the black demonstration team has filled the Homestead skies with diamond track maneuvers, diamond formations, and big way formations as well as our signature stack out maneuvers into the Homestead Miami Speedway, local minor league baseball stadium and the Homestead Rodeo Arena. Each of the jumps into the race track, baseball stadium as well as the rodeo arena were the first time our newest demonstrators (New Guys) were able to get a “birds eye” view from under the black and gold canopy of what is to come in week eight! We will be upgrading from the race track landings, baseball stadium and rodeo arena into the Sunlife Stadium in downtown Miami. 

       Additionally, as a team we are drastically improving  our target score averages making  it very competitive between each of the jumpers who all want that top spot for the end of the day target average.  We take a great deal of pride in our target accuracy, as it is the biggest crowd pleaser on show site as well as the safest place for us to land. It is not uncommon for several jumpers to have matching target averages at the end of the day that all exceed the target average standard for the team.

       Our newest team members are working on the timing of their narration for the upcoming show season.  Each demonstrator has had the opportunity to exit our C31 jump aircraft as the narrator and learn how to relay appropriate spot reports to our team members waiting to exit for the next maneuver. Upon sending up the spot report (which consists of the spot, drift in free fall and canopy flight) the narrator is then in full control of the microphone and the audience at that time. Each new demonstrator begins to work on both their timing, voice inflection and closing out our show.

       Our newest team mates were officially knighted on November 13th, 2013. Unfortunately, one of our team mates was missing from our ranks on that day. SSG Jimmy Hackett was forced to return to his original duty station in Germany during the three week government shut down for the Golden Knights Assessment and Selection this past year. Although his team mates were able to complete the selection process, SSG Hackett was held up from completing it with them.  SSG Hackett was formally knighted on 28 February 2014 here in Homestead, FL. It’s official Jimmy!IMG_Olk0687 IMGCLARK_1699IMGFLYNN_1770IMG_Hackett1725IMG_Clard2125IMGFOKKERSIDE_0969IMFLYNN0685JD TEAM_1574IMG_5x70787BBStar1087IMG_Knight9177IMG_5x7ShelbiLanding1427

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