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Our NEIGHBORLY NATALIE takes big leap with Golden Knights

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WACH FOX went up in the air with the U.S. Army's Golden Knight's Parachute Team back in June as part of the Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration.

The Knights came back to the Midlands from September 7-9, 2017 and invited our Natalie Parsons to take flight for a Tandem Jump and now shares what it was like to jump from 14,000-feet in the air.

Being able to jump out of a plane is no easy task.

For one time only, the U.S. Army Reserve handpicked members of the Midlands community to take part in the 81st Regional Support Command Tandem Jump Camp and it happened at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, S.C.

"Skydive with soldiers from the United States Army and share a little bit of a military experience with them in hopes that they can help those recruiting back in their areas," explains SFC Joe Jonas.

Yours truly was picked to make the plunge and Natalie Parsons couldn't have been more excited.

"I went up with the Golden Knights for the Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration and I didn't get to go up with them so when the story I was working on finally aired I was like 'Ya know? Let's take our relationship to the next level and next time you're around I want to jump,'" she says.

She got her wish and suited up in Golden Knight colors then teamed up with Sergeant First Class Joe Jonas to instruct her aboard one of their very special planes at about 13,500-feet.

"Take someone whose never made a skydive before, give them basic instruction given the proper equipment and proper training just like any other soldier in the army we can accomplish any mission," says the Golden Knights Team Leader.

After all of us went through a few minor preparations, we took a huge leap straight down making sure to enjoy every second of this once in a lifetime opportunity while floating over the surface of the earth attached to one of the Golden Knights.

"You're definitely key leaders to the community. You're the first interaction the community has while we are that first interact that civilian transitioning to soldiers have," says U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Ssgt. Maria Florez.

But just as soon as this special journey started - it came to an end where our Morning Traffic & Lifestyle Reporter was floating through the air and swiftly touching down on the ground with an extreme adrenaline rush.

"It was amazing! It was incredible: all the scenery, the breeze, everything. He was an incredible instructor. I couldn't have asked for anyone better," she says.

Putting a life in the hands of a member of the U.S. Military like we all do every day.

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