Army parachutist who died after Chicago Air & Water Show accident promoted posthumously

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CHICAGO -- Corey Hood, a member of Army Golden Knights who died after injuries sustained during a midair parachuting accident at the Chicago Air and Water Show, was posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant.

Master Sgt. Corey Hood was on the promotion list for Master Sergeant at the time of his death.

In a video statement, U.S. Army Parachute Team Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Weinrich said:

“Corey loved being a Golden Knight. He loved connecting the American people with their Army. He loved meeting with the people on the ground and sharing his Soldier story. Corey’s story was extraordinary because he was an extraordinary Soldier.”

Meanwhile, the unit is currently in a safety stand down in order to review procedures and processes within the unit, conduct team-focused training, participate in the accident investigation and pursue grief counseling as needed. The team is focused on supporting the Hood family, Weinrich said.

The accident investigation continues.