The 101st Airborne Division Parachute Demonstration Team, the “Screaming Eagles”, will be performing a parachute demonstration skydive for the Austin Peay State University football game at Governor’s Stadium in Clarksville, Tennessee, on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.
The 101st Airborne Division Parachute Demonstration Team originated in 1958 during the infancy of precision freefall, and is the Army’s oldest parachute demonstration team. Early team members were soldiers who volunteered their free time in order to perform quality parachute demonstrations. In 1984 the 101st Command Group opted to form a full time parachute team, and they are known as the “Screaming Eagles”.
Annually, the “Screaming Eagles” perform approximately 60 parachute demonstrations while representing the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and its proud and unyielding airborne tradition. They perform demonstrations all over the United States, and this year have performed as far away as California, Connecticut and Florida for crowds averaging 10,000 spectators.
The team is an all volunteer special duty assignment comprised of Soldiers from various units and occupations within the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The team is led by Sgt. 1st Class Larry Jarrett and assistant team leader Sgt. Vincent van der Maarel. Team members are Sgt. Sam Chick, Sgt Adam Sniffen, Sgt. Jae Park, Staff Sgt. John Young, Sgt. Mark Gennero, and Sgt. Kevin Presgraves.