Chuck Williams

Golden Knights help Fort Benning soldier see world from friend's perspective

Chuck Williams

Jonathan Shuskey wanted to look down on world and see the same view that his best friend Corey Hood saw hundreds of times.

Hood, a member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, died on Aug. 16 from injuries sustained during a jump into the Chicago Air & Water Show.

Shuskey, a staff sergeant with the 3-16 Cavalry unit stationed at Fort Benning , has been planning a tandem jump with Hood for several months.

Hood's fellow Golden Knights made it happen Tuesday at a training facility near Fort Bragg.

"It felt like he was up there with us," Shuskey said Wednesday after attending a memorial service for Hood at Fort Bragg, where the Golden Knights are based.

Shuskey jumped with Jimmy Hackett, a Golden Knight who jumped into Chicago the day of Hood's accident.

"As we got to the edge and I looked over, then straight down, the calm feeling came over me," Shuskey said. "Then it was 1, 2, 3; pushed off and we went out the door."

They were in free-fall for about a minute before Hackett pulled the chute at about 5,500 feet.

"Corey had told me about this for so long," Shuskey said. "I understand now. It was everything he described,"

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