(CBS) — It wasn’t a typical day at work for CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov.
She had a chance to jump with the U.S. Army and reports it’s one way they showcase opportunities the army offers.
You’re probably wondering why Kozlov would agree to such challenge. Fortunately, she was attached to Sgt. First Class Joe Jones of the U.S. Army’s parachute team.
“I’ve got over six thousand jumps… a little over two thousand are tandem jumps,” Jones said. “I’ve thrown over two thousand people out of planes including my mom.”
Reassuring and essential to the experience of jumping with arguably the best in the world.
“They’re a small team within a team ,so yes they are Golden Knights and they have their own parachute team, but they also fit into the Army team,”said Major Luciano F. Picco.
Taking the plunge first required signing the ‘We won’t sue if I die’ forms and a briefing then, it’s time to suit up.
The team’s commander and Arlington Heights native Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Weinrich explains why they took CBS 2 along.
“That really gives us an opportunity to highlight the skills and the professionalism of the U.S. Army,” Lt. Col. Weinrich said.
Jones and Kozlov were the first ones out of the plane, falling from 13,000 feet through the sky at 120 miles an hour.
And then she did it again.
In addition to the Golden Knights, the Third Army R.O.T.C. Brigade co-hosted the camp. The brigade has four college programs in northern Illinois and 36 junior programs in CPS alone. The majority of those cadets are on scholarship.
The Golden Knights will be taking part in the 2015 Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend. You can watch a live broadcast here at CBSChicago.com and listen on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM/105.9 FM.