FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – A U.S. Army parachutist who died Sunday after suffering injuries during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show was posthumously promoted to the rank of master sergeant.
Master Sgt. Corey Hood was on the promotion list for master sergeant at the time of his death, and on Monday, he was promoted.
Hood was selected for promotion “for his demonstrated leadership abilities and tactical and technical expertise,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Weinrich, USAPT commander, in a video statement.
Weinrich said Hood was a dedicated non-commissioned officer who dreamed of being a Golden Knight and enjoyed the unique mission of the unit.
“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,” Weinrich said.
The investigation into the airshow accident is ongoing.