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Miss USA skydives with Golden Knights
ARNEWS ^ | Mar 20, 2006 | Reesa B. Kossoff

Posted on 03/21/2006 3:19:22 PM PST by SandRat

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: army; chelseacooley; golden; goldenknights; knights; miss; missusa; skydives; thanks; usa; waytogochelsea; woohoo
"Ready to Skydive" Chelsea Cooley, the reigning Miss USA, is poised at the door of the U.S. Army Golden Knights aircraft 2.5 miles above Laurinburg, N.C.

Images on the Army Web site are cleared for release and are considered in the public domain. Request credit be given as "Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army" and credit to individual photographer whenever possible.









Approaching terminal velocity, Chelsea Cooley, the reigning Miss USA, conducts her first skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, "Golden Knights."

Images on the Army Web site are cleared for release and are considered in the public domain. Request credit be given as "Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army" and credit to individual photographer whenever possible.

















Light as a feather, Chelsea Cooley, the reigning Miss USA, lands her first skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, "Golden Knights."

1 posted on 03/21/2006 3:19:27 PM PST by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

PING


2 posted on 03/21/2006 3:20:00 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Now you guys are always posting pics of Helen Thomas...

Can we at least get some quality pics of Miss USA?

K... thx...


3 posted on 03/21/2006 3:20:54 PM PST by AmericanRepublican (There are fools on both sides. Only the true Americans will prevail.)
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To: SandRat

Not quite the Pics I was hoping to see....

LOL

Cheers,

knewshound

http://www.knewshound.blogspot.com/


4 posted on 03/21/2006 3:21:31 PM PST by knews_hound (Now with two handed typing !)
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To: SandRat

Nice Cooley.


5 posted on 03/21/2006 3:21:53 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SandRat

What a thrill.

For both parties, I'm sure.


6 posted on 03/21/2006 3:22:49 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: AmericanRepublican

7 posted on 03/21/2006 3:23:38 PM PST by mastercylinder (Evolution: Taking care of those too stupid to take care of themselves.)
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To: SandRat

8 posted on 03/21/2006 3:24:12 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: SandRat

Next week, it's the flying Elvis's...


9 posted on 03/21/2006 3:24:30 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: AmericanRepublican

I gave you what the Army gave, sorry.


10 posted on 03/21/2006 3:24:32 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Good enough for me. Thx!

You are my heroes. :)


11 posted on 03/21/2006 3:25:08 PM PST by AmericanRepublican (There are fools on both sides. Only the true Americans will prevail.)
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To: knews_hound

Now you know this is a family friendly web forum. lol


12 posted on 03/21/2006 3:25:42 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Do you know why they don't let the blind skydive ?





Scares the hell out of the dogs


13 posted on 03/21/2006 3:27:01 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: ElkGroveDan; TheBigB; Owl_Eagle; Petronski; pissant; Tijeras_Slim

I would hit it 2x at terminal velocity.


14 posted on 03/21/2006 3:27:38 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SandRat
"Theres something poking me!"

"Not to worry ma'am, I'm a Golden Knight".

15 posted on 03/21/2006 3:27:38 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: SandRat

Fun post - thanks!

Best kind of fly'n, that is....


16 posted on 03/21/2006 3:27:39 PM PST by ASOC (Choosing between the lesser of two evils, in the end, still leaves you with - evil.)
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To: mastercylinder

wow, looks pretty hot! :)


17 posted on 03/21/2006 3:27:45 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: AmericanRepublican

18 posted on 03/21/2006 3:28:51 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

Id like to pull the rip cord on that dress yosaaaa


19 posted on 03/21/2006 3:30:00 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: SandRat

VERY cool!! I would LOVE to learn to do that.


20 posted on 03/21/2006 3:33:44 PM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: weegee
Parachute woman,
Land on me tonight!

21 posted on 03/21/2006 3:36:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: martin_fierro

So hard to find my way, now that I'm all on my own
I saw you just the other day, my, how you have grown!
Cast my memory back there, Lord, sometimes I'm overcome thinking 'bout
Making love in the green grass, behind the stadium with you ...
My brown eyed girl
You, my brown eyed girl


22 posted on 03/21/2006 3:41:10 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: al baby
Id like to pull the rip cord on that dress yosaaaa

Down, boy, down...

23 posted on 03/21/2006 3:41:23 PM PST by Christian4Bush (FreeRepublic and Rush Limbaugh: kevlar protection from the Drive-By Media.)
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To: RightResponse

Elvi?


24 posted on 03/21/2006 3:43:09 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Christian4Bush

sorry the devil was in me for a moment now I am in Gods will


25 posted on 03/21/2006 3:44:10 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: SandRat

This Miss USA is one class act! One of the many many reasons that America is Great.


26 posted on 03/21/2006 3:48:58 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: StarCMC
VERY cool!! I would LOVE to learn to do that.

You babble on and on for about four hours about what a blast it was, then you abruptly fall asleep.

27 posted on 03/21/2006 3:49:42 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: SandRat

Well, she is more of a woman than I will ever be!

Three cheers for gravity!

I will never break that law :P


28 posted on 03/21/2006 3:53:30 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: mastercylinder

Oh my.


29 posted on 03/21/2006 3:57:01 PM PST by FReepaholic (I was FReepin' when FReepin' wasn't cool.)
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To: martin_fierro

Might have to fight off a dozen Golden Knights to get the chance.


30 posted on 03/21/2006 4:57:08 PM PST by pissant
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To: Calpernia

> Well, she is more of a woman than I will ever be!

(Big Grin!) likewise!


31 posted on 03/21/2006 5:22:38 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
I'ld be willing to go out on a limb and assume I have better sealegs.
32 posted on 03/21/2006 5:39:05 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

I'm a 265 pound Galloot and H*ll will freeze over before I jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane! I'd make one heck of a crater at terminal velocity!


33 posted on 03/21/2006 5:46:43 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: Riley

LOL!! I have parasailed once. Scared the crap out of my hubby that I was doing it, but I LOVED it!!


34 posted on 03/21/2006 5:47:31 PM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

OMG! I have a looney tunes episode being drawn in my head of that :))

I wouldn't make a crater. I just need to see what is holding me up.


35 posted on 03/21/2006 5:54:35 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: StarCMC

OMG! My father went up in the parasail hoping to coax me up with him.

Uh, nope. Wasn't happening.


36 posted on 03/21/2006 5:55:47 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SandRat

uh-huh!

37 posted on 03/21/2006 6:03:18 PM PST by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: RightResponse

Utah Chapter!


38 posted on 03/21/2006 6:05:43 PM PST by Professional Engineer ( Happy patron saint of Engineers day! Beertender, green pocket protectors for everyone.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Peanut Gallery; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; ...

SpankenTruppen recruit ping


39 posted on 03/21/2006 6:07:35 PM PST by Professional Engineer ( Happy patron saint of Engineers day! Beertender, green pocket protectors for everyone.)
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To: SandRat

40 posted on 03/21/2006 6:17:06 PM PST by TheLion
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To: SandRat

BTTT


41 posted on 03/22/2006 3:11:02 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: SandRat

I haven't skydived in 25 years.

Man, I would like to do it again.


42 posted on 03/22/2006 3:20:30 AM PST by Skooz (The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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