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Fort Bragg parachutist posthumously promoted after fatal skydiving accident

Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, a parachutist with the Army Golden Knights, who died Sunday after suffering severe injuries from an accident on Saturday at the Chicago Air & Water Show.
Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, a parachutist with the Army Golden Knights, who died Sunday after suffering severe injuries from an accident on Saturday at the Chicago Air & Water Show. AP

Corey Hood, the Golden Knights parachutist who died Sunday as a result of an accident during a skydiving demonstration in Chicago, has been promoted posthumously to the rank of Master Sergeant.

In announcing the promotion Thursday, Lt. Col. Matthew Weinrich, commander of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, said Hood was on the list for promotion at the time of his death and was selected “for his demonstrated leadership abilities and tactical and technical expertise.”

Hood, 32, was a native of Ohio who joined the Army as an Airborne artilleryman right after high school. He served five deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq and had been a member of the demonstration team of the Golden Knights for two years. He was the team’s ground safety officer.

Hood will be buried privately in Hamilton, Ohio. The Army will hold a memorial service for him at 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the Parachute Team Aviation Hanger at Fort Bragg.

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