Chicagoland Soldiers and the USASOC "Black Daggers" Participate in "Salute to the Tro

By Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-MidwestJune 16, 2009

Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya celebrates after successfully climbing the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall with the intent of placing his team's 'Black Daggers' sticker at the top of the wall. Vinaya and teammate, Sgt. Tony Galusha demonstrated their skills at "Salute to the Troops" Day, at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL, as part of the USASOC Parachute Demonstration Team. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of Illinois, on Sunday, 14 June, which was also the Army's 234th Birthday.
1 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya celebrates after successfully climbing the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall with the intent of placing his team's 'Black Daggers' sticker at the top of the wall. Vinaya and teammate, Sgt. Tony Galusha demonstrated their skills at "Salute to the Troops" Day, at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL, as part of the USASOC Parachute Demonstration Team. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of Illinois, on Sunday, 14 June, which was also the Army's 234th Birthday. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC \'Black Daggers," lands dead-center on the target, during the Arlington Park Racecourse and USO of IL, "Salute to the Troops" Day at the racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL.
2 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC \'Black Daggers," lands dead-center on the target, during the Arlington Park Racecourse and USO of IL, "Salute to the Troops" Day at the racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC 'Black Daggers,' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, jumps in the USO Flag onto the Arlington Park Race Track, Arlington Heights, IL, during the "Salute to the Troops" Day, honoring our military and co-hosted by the USO of Illinois.
3 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC 'Black Daggers,' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, jumps in the USO Flag onto the Arlington Park Race Track, Arlington Heights, IL, during the "Salute to the Troops" Day, honoring our military and co-hosted by the USO of Illinois. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers and Marines help present the winning Jockey his silver plate during the USO Salute to the Troops, Trophy Presentation at Arlington Park Racecourse. Soldiers pictured from left to right are: PV2 Kiriakos Stafilas, USAREC Mount Prospect, IL Recruiting Station; Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia Martinez Lambey, C Co. 58th Trans 24T Ft. Leonard wood Missouri and Pvt. 1st Class, Errika Stiltner, 933rd MP Company, ILARNG in Waukegan, IL.
4 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers and Marines help present the winning Jockey his silver plate during the USO Salute to the Troops, Trophy Presentation at Arlington Park Racecourse. Soldiers pictured from left to right are: PV2 Kiriakos Stafilas, USAREC Mount Prospect, IL Recruiting Station; Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia Martinez Lambey, C Co. 58th Trans 24T Ft. Leonard wood Missouri and Pvt. 1st Class, Errika Stiltner, 933rd MP Company, ILARNG in Waukegan, IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
WLS Radio Host, Roe Conn, winner of several high-profile awards, to include the prestigious Radio and Records Industry Achievement Award for Best Local Talk Host in America, interviews Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, USASOC Black Daggers, Fort Bragg, NC, who was in Chicago for his team's paratrooper demonstrations on 13 and 14 June, 2009.
5 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – WLS Radio Host, Roe Conn, winner of several high-profile awards, to include the prestigious Radio and Records Industry Achievement Award for Best Local Talk Host in America, interviews Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, USASOC Black Daggers, Fort Bragg, NC, who was in Chicago for his team's paratrooper demonstrations on 13 and 14 June, 2009. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sergeant Dewey Vinaya, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, \'Black Daggers,' Fort Bragg, NC, is interviewed during Chicagoland's evening rush hour at the WLS News Talk Radio Station, 890 AM. Vinaya answered questions regarding the parachute demonstration jumps he and his team were performing on 13 and 14 June, 2009.
6 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sergeant Dewey Vinaya, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, \'Black Daggers,' Fort Bragg, NC, is interviewed during Chicagoland's evening rush hour at the WLS News Talk Radio Station, 890 AM. Vinaya answered questions regarding the parachute demonstration jumps he and his team were performing on 13 and 14 June, 2009. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and Sgt. First Class Dave Rose, USASOC 'Black Daggers' pose with Crane Kenney, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, after presenting him with their team lithograph for inviting them to jump into Wrigley Field on Saturday, 13
7 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and Sgt. First Class Dave Rose, USASOC 'Black Daggers' pose with Crane Kenney, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, after presenting him with their team lithograph for inviting them to jump into Wrigley Field on Saturday, 13 (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class David Haire, Station Commander, USAREC, Mount Prospect "Gladiators" Recruiting Station, slaps a high-five to Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC Black Daggers, after his try at the RCW. Members of the United States Army Recruiting Battalion manned the Army display for the Arlington Park, "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of Illinois, in Arlington Heights, IL.
8 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class David Haire, Station Commander, USAREC, Mount Prospect "Gladiators" Recruiting Station, slaps a high-five to Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC Black Daggers, after his try at the RCW. Members of the United States Army Recruiting Battalion manned the Army display for the Arlington Park, "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of Illinois, in Arlington Heights, IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia F Martinez Lambey, C Co., 58th Transportation 24T, Ft. Leonard wood Missouri, instructs Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC Black Daggers, on how to maneuver the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall at the Arlington Park Race Track, Arlington Heights, IL. Martinez was participating in "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, which also happened to be the Army's 234th Birthday.
9 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia F Martinez Lambey, C Co., 58th Transportation 24T, Ft. Leonard wood Missouri, instructs Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC Black Daggers, on how to maneuver the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall at the Arlington Park Race Track, Arlington Heights, IL. Martinez was participating in "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, which also happened to be the Army's 234th Birthday. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Nick Demonte, Marketing and Operations Coordinator for Arlington Park, is presented with a USASOC Black Daggers coin for setting up Army assets and helping host the Parachute Demonstration Team from Fort Bragg. NC. The Paratroopers were at the racetrack in Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, which also happened to be the Army's 234th Birthday. Presenting the coin is Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and standing with him is Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, Team Leader for the Black Daggers.
10 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Nick Demonte, Marketing and Operations Coordinator for Arlington Park, is presented with a USASOC Black Daggers coin for setting up Army assets and helping host the Parachute Demonstration Team from Fort Bragg. NC. The Paratroopers were at the racetrack in Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, which also happened to be the Army's 234th Birthday. Presenting the coin is Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and standing with him is Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, Team Leader for the Black Daggers. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC \'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, brings in the POW Flag onto the race track at the Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights, IL. Spinnicchia was in Chicagoland for "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park on Sunday, 14 June, which is also Army Birthday.
11 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC \'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, brings in the POW Flag onto the race track at the Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights, IL. Spinnicchia was in Chicagoland for "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park on Sunday, 14 June, which is also Army Birthday. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
A close-up look at the USASOC \'Black Daggers' canopy, as Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia jumps on to the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day on Sunday, 14 June, 2009.
12 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A close-up look at the USASOC \'Black Daggers' canopy, as Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia jumps on to the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, pose with Tony Enrietto, President of the USO of IL, after their jump at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. Arlington and the USO co-hosted the "Salute to the Troops" Day at the racecourse on Sunday, 14 June. Parachute Demonstrators pictured from left to right are, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, Assistant Team Leader; Sgt. First Class Dave Rose, Team Leader, Sgt. Tony Galusha and Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia.
13 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, pose with Tony Enrietto, President of the USO of IL, after their jump at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. Arlington and the USO co-hosted the "Salute to the Troops" Day at the racecourse on Sunday, 14 June. Parachute Demonstrators pictured from left to right are, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, Assistant Team Leader; Sgt. First Class Dave Rose, Team Leader, Sgt. Tony Galusha and Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC \'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, N.C. unhooks his harness after giving the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall a try during "Salute to the Troops" day on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, in Arlington Heights, IL. The event was co-sponsored by the Arlington Park Racetrack and the USO of IL.
14 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, USASOC \'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, N.C. unhooks his harness after giving the USAREC Rock Climbing Wall a try during "Salute to the Troops" day on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, in Arlington Heights, IL. The event was co-sponsored by the Arlington Park Racetrack and the USO of IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia Martinez Lambey, C Co. 58th Trans 24T, Ft. Leonard wood Missouri, answers questions about the Army during the Arlington Park Racetrack "Salute to the Troops" Day on Sunday, 14 June. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL and drew thousands of attendees.
15 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. 1st Class, Alicia Martinez Lambey, C Co. 58th Trans 24T, Ft. Leonard wood Missouri, answers questions about the Army during the Arlington Park Racetrack "Salute to the Troops" Day on Sunday, 14 June. The event was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL and drew thousands of attendees. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team honor a request from the USO of IL and autograph the USO Flag they jumped into the Arlington Park Racetrack, for "Salute to the Troops" Day. The event was co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park to honor our military on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. Pictured from left to right are: Sgt. Tony Galusha, Sgt. 1st Class Dave Rose, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, all stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.
16 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team honor a request from the USO of IL and autograph the USO Flag they jumped into the Arlington Park Racetrack, for "Salute to the Troops" Day. The event was co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park to honor our military on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. Pictured from left to right are: Sgt. Tony Galusha, Sgt. 1st Class Dave Rose, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia, all stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, Assistant Team Leader, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, presents a Black Daggers coin to Tony Enrietto, one of the Co-Hosts of "Salute to the Troops" Day at the Arlington Park Racetrack on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. Also presented with team coins, from left to right, next to Enrietto are: Wesley Ward, Mgr. of Marketing and Advertising for Arlington Park; Ross Docksey, Chairman, USO of IL and Geoff Gephart, USO Project Officer for the Parachute Demonstration in Arlington Heights, IL.
17 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, Assistant Team Leader, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, presents a Black Daggers coin to Tony Enrietto, one of the Co-Hosts of "Salute to the Troops" Day at the Arlington Park Racetrack on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. Also presented with team coins, from left to right, next to Enrietto are: Wesley Ward, Mgr. of Marketing and Advertising for Arlington Park; Ross Docksey, Chairman, USO of IL and Geoff Gephart, USO Project Officer for the Parachute Demonstration in Arlington Heights, IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, Team Leader, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, and his teammates, present Tony Enrietto, President, USO of IL, their team lithograph after the paratroopers jumped into Arlington Park. Also presented with team plaques, from left to right are: Wesley Ward, Mgr, of Marketing and Advertising for Arlington Park; Ross Docksey, Chairman, USO of IL and Geoff Gephart, USO Project Officer for the "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June in Arlington Heights, IL. The event honoring our military was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL.
18 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, Team Leader, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, and his teammates, present Tony Enrietto, President, USO of IL, their team lithograph after the paratroopers jumped into Arlington Park. Also presented with team plaques, from left to right are: Wesley Ward, Mgr, of Marketing and Advertising for Arlington Park; Ross Docksey, Chairman, USO of IL and Geoff Gephart, USO Project Officer for the "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June in Arlington Heights, IL. The event honoring our military was co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, is interviewed at the Arlington Park Racetrack, for "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009 in Arlington Heights, IL. Galusha's interview was played live on the scoreboard and seen by thousands of spectators, as well as sent through an in-house TV and Distribution Signal, to racetracks all over the country.
19 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Tony Galusha, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, is interviewed at the Arlington Park Racetrack, for "Salute to the Troops" Day, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009 in Arlington Heights, IL. Galusha's interview was played live on the scoreboard and seen by thousands of spectators, as well as sent through an in-house TV and Distribution Signal, to racetracks all over the country. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Master Sgt. (ret.) Jay Johnson carries in equipment with USASOC Black Daggers, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, after Johnson narrated the Parachute Demonstration at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. The team from Fort Bragg was in Chicagoland in support of "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, Army Birthday.
20 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. (ret.) Jay Johnson carries in equipment with USASOC Black Daggers, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya, after Johnson narrated the Parachute Demonstration at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. The team from Fort Bragg was in Chicagoland in support of "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, Army Birthday. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, answers questions about being a paratrooper from the many spectators at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. Rose, Team Leader for the Black Daggers, was in Chicagoland to participate with his team in the "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, which was also the Army's 234th Birthday.
21 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, answers questions about being a paratrooper from the many spectators at the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights, IL. Rose, Team Leader for the Black Daggers, was in Chicagoland to participate with his team in the "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park and the USO of IL, on Sunday, 14 June, which was also the Army's 234th Birthday. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, talks to one of the young spectators after the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, displayed their paratrooper skills at the Arlington Park Racetrack. Rose was in Chicagoland in support of "Salute to the Troops" Day in Arlington Heights, IL, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The event honoring our local military was co-hosted with Arlington Park, by the USO of IL.
22 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose, talks to one of the young spectators after the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, displayed their paratrooper skills at the Arlington Park Racetrack. Rose was in Chicagoland in support of "Salute to the Troops" Day in Arlington Heights, IL, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The event honoring our local military was co-hosted with Arlington Park, by the USO of IL. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and fellow team members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, present MSG (ret.) Jay Johnson, with their coin, to thank him for officially narrating their demonstration at Arlington Park Racetrack on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The Parachute Demonstrators were in Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park.
23 / 23 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya and fellow team members of the USASOC 'Black Daggers' Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC, present MSG (ret.) Jay Johnson, with their coin, to thank him for officially narrating their demonstration at Arlington Park Racetrack on Sunday, 14 June, 2009. The Parachute Demonstrators were in Arlington Heights, IL for "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by the USO of IL and Arlington Park. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL