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Last week, I had the privilege of joining our reporter Valerie Chinn when she made a jump with the U.S. Army's parachute team, the Golden Knights.
And it was a privilege to get a close-up look at such incredibly talented and disciplined young people who represent the U.S. military so positively.
You don't become a Golden Knight just by signing up. You have to earn your way on to the team. And it takes a lot more than impressive parachuting skills.
Each of these men were the very model of professionalism. Throughout the entire - sometimes scary - day, they made us feel safe and secure. And it was clear they took tremendous pride not just in their abilities, but in themselves as people.
There was never an ounce of disrespect - no clowning around, showboating or profanity. Just a no-nonsense, responsible attitude toward the job they were there to do, combined with a genuine friendliness.
The Golden Knights are certainly exceptional. But I don't believe they're the exceptions to the rule. I think the vast majority of the men and women in America's military share the same kind of pride, professionalism and love of their country.
I hope we'll all remember that when they finally return to their normal civilian lives. Because they certainly deserve to get as good as they've given.