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Posted: 3/21/2006 5:09:29 PM EDT
Miss USA skydives with Golden Knights
By Reesa B. Kossoff
March 20, 2006

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 20, 2006) – Miss USA Chelsea Cooley soared through the sky at an altitude of 13,000 feet during a tandem skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, March 14.

The tandem jump was coordinated in conjunction with her USO visit to Fort Bragg, N.C.

Millions of people in more than 90 countries watched as Cooley was crowned Miss USA April 11, 2005. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Cooley has spent the past year as Miss USA, championing the causes of breast and ovarian cancer education and research.

Cooley has also become a USO celebrity and has visited a variety of military bases, including: Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; and McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Her constant interaction and support of the military fueled her interest in performing a tandem jump with the Golden Knights, she said.

Training puts Cooley on Cloud 9

As part of her USO visit, Cooley arrived at Fort Bragg early in the morning on March 14 and was flown to the nearby Laurinburg-Maxton airport. There, she was met by her family who accompanied her to a one-hour training session conducted by tandem master Sgt. 1st Class Billy Van Soelen.

Cooley quickly learned about parachuting equipment, skydiving techniques and what to expect during the jump. As soon as the morning clouds cleared, Miss USA suited up and boarded the DeHavilland UV-18 twin Otter plane. Together with her tandem partner, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Windmiller, Cooley performed her jump from an altitude of 13,500 feet.

Upon return to the ground, Cooley could barely contain her excitement.

“It was everything I thought it could be and more!” she exclaimed. “The Golden Knights are the best of the best, hands down.”

Following her jump, Cooley returned to Fort Bragg to eat dinner and sign autographs for the Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade dining room.

Jumps span White House to MTV

Established in 1959, the Golden Knights have had the honor of serving as Army ambassadors for more than 46 years. As the only Department of Defense and U.S. Army sponsored parachute team, the Golden Knights have earned an international reputation by continuously bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals from competitions.

In addition to impressing American and international audiences at competitions and air shows, the Golden Knights have had the opportunity to connect to the public by performing tandems with a variety of celebrities, including: former President George Bush, professional golfer Tiger Woods, NSYNC’s Lance Bass, MTV’s Vanessa Minillo and the Today Show’s Ann Curry.

“The Golden Knights Tandem team enables the Army to reach out to influencers and give them a taste of the professionalism, leadership and teamwork of the Soldier and the U.S. Army,” said Lt. Col. Dave Standridge, commander of the Golden Knights.

Footage of Cooley’s Army experience will air during the Miss USA pageant on April 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC.


www4.army.mil/news/article.php?story=8709
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:10:51 PM EDT
WTF?

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:11:48 PM EDT
Do you think he got wood?
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:13:07 PM EDT
This picture is crying for photoshop!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:14:09 PM EDT
How would you like to have that strapped to your chest?
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:17:24 PM EDT
too easy.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:19:56 PM EDT
She's facing the wrong way!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:33:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By falaholic1:
She's facing the wrong way!



if your good, there is no "wrong way".
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 8:00:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By j-fonz:
Do you think he got wood?





OK, now pull my cord!


-K
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 8:02:55 PM EDT
That picture should be on a recruiting poster.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:03:55 PM EDT
There ain't a whole lot of things that could convince me to jump out of a plane.

Throwing Miss USA out the door first, as bait, is at the top of the list.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:07:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
There ain't a whole lot of things that could convince me to jump out of a plane.

Throwing Miss USA out the door first, as bait, is at the top of the list.



It does raise the bar a bit
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:10:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 9:11:30 PM EDT by txgp17]
Golden Knights practice in my home town. They have a traning facility located at an Old Army Air Base in Maxton, NC.
www.lmairport.com/airport.htm
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:22:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By txgp17:
Golden Knights practice in my home town. They have a traning facility located at an Old Army Air Base in Maxton, NC.
www.lmairport.com/airport.htm



Cool.

However, we'd be more interested if Miss USA practiced in your home town.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 11:05:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
Cool.
However, we'd be more interested if Miss USA practiced in your home town.

me 3
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 11:12:11 PM EDT


Holy Canolie!
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 12:09:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 5:34:40 AM EDT
Jim: So what did you do today?
Bob: Rode Miss USA's butt for 13,000 ft.
Jim: Fvck you .
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 6:39:31 AM EDT

I hope she wore panties or she probably whistled all the way down.
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