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Spreading the Word of the Event

  1. Met a wonderful Vietnam Veteran at the National POW WOW in Indiana from Houston. He was excited to hear we are honoring our veterans in a special way. He is telling his friends so we may have visitors from other places. Looking forward to meeting all our guests.
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Parachute Team to Freefall during Carolina Woodstock

The mission of the Special Forces Association Parachute Team is to provide a nucleus of professional parachutists who are highly trained and equipped to perform freefall parachute demonstrations in support of local and national venues. The team consists of active duty military, retired military, and includes current Department of Defense support elements. Our main emphasis is to enhance the image and heritage of the US Army Special Forces, past and future. We are a first come first serve team. The team is a 501 (C) (19) nonprofit tax exempt organization.

The Special Forces Association Parachute Team has a very illustrious history and beginnings.  We began as the Green Beret Sport Parachute Club (GBSPC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1961.  Lee Dunlap (retired) was one of the founders of GBSPC.  Col. (Ret) Fred Wayne Lawley is a former President of the Green Beret Parachute Club.

To contact the team, you can contact team leader Stanley (Bo) Kinnison  by phone (910) 850-0786 or by email: bobuilt@embarqmail.com or the team by e-mail: sfaparateam@embarqmail.com. Assistant Team leader Bill Gatter at (910) 723-1924 or email at wgatter@nc.rr.com

Bandit Flight Team Aerial Show

The Bandit Flight Team is a group of highly-trained, experienced pilots that came together to combine our love of flying with an appreciation for vintage military aircraft. The result is an exceptional precision formation flying team that performs at various events throughout North Carolina, including NC State football games, NASCAR events at The Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Dover Speedway, The Durham Bulls, the Raleigh Christmas Parade and Rally for the Cure.

For more information on contacting the Bandit Flight Team, contact Jim Kilpatrick at 919.345.3142

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Carolina Woodstock partners with Lenoir County Fairgrounds

Eric Cantu formally presents the Lenoir County Fair Board with its official commemorative flag as a partner in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. The Fairgrounds will host Carolina Woodstock on Aug. 18-20.

The Lenoir County Fairgrounds officially received its package recognizing the venue as a partner in the Vietnam War Commemoration on June 6 and will be a presenting sponsor of Carolina Woodstock: Veterans Revenge, a patriotic three-day music festival beginning on Aug. 18.

Headlining the concert will be veteran favorite Rockie Lynne, who will be joined by a medley of local acts that will provide a weekend of fun for the entire family.

 

Eastern North Carolina welcomes Blue Angels

By Emily Sides

A Fourth Fighter Wing F-15 Strike Eagle takes off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base shortly after the arrival of the Navy’s Blue Angels on May 17, 2017. The Angels are in Eastern North Carolina for the Wings Over Wayne Air Show Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Ty Johnson

SmART Kinston Writer-in-residence

Five Blue Angel pilots from the U.S Navy arrived in a tightly choreographed formation at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, joining the sixth Blue Angel pilot and aircraft, shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

From the runway, I saw trees lined the horizon. Other planes take off and land periodically before the Blue Angels arrive.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 as part of the 2017 Wings over Wayne Air Show at the Seymour Johnson Air Force base. The Blue Angels were last at the base in Goldsboro in 2009.

The 2017 Wings over Wayne Air Show starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20. The Blue Angels are set to perform after 3 p.m. See the website for a full schedule: www.wingsoverwayneairshow.com

Damon Kroes, who introduced himself as Blue Angel No. 2, said they arrived in Goldsboro from Pensacola, Florida. The Blue Angels traveled the roughly 750-mile trip in an hour and 20 minutes.

The Navy’s Blue Angels pass over the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on May 17, 2017. Photo by Ty Johnson

Kroes and the other Blue Angel pilots wore blue and yellow uniforms with a tan hat. The F/A-18 Hornet aircraft that they fly is also mostly blue with yellow details. The Blue Angels perform 30 times or more a year.  Kroes said their performance is about showing the Navy’s pride and professionalism.

The F/A-18 Hornet aircraft has been around since 1986, Kroes said, adding that it’s still active in the fleet. The Blue Angel pilots are required to complete 1,250 hours of flying before they can fly, Kroes said.

Andy Teague, who works on maintenance for the Blue Angels aircraft, said he specializes in emergency situations for the pilot, including working on the ejection seat. He said about 40 to 45 people travel for the Blue Angels performances.