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150 men jump out of a helicopter in celebration

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You probably couldn't pay most people to jump from a helicopter. But for the National Guard's 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group, it is just another day's work.

"You have a lot of freedom while you are in the air to take a look around, and that's really a perspective you don't normally get because you are in a plane and falling, you feel a little one with nature," incoming Battalion Commander Joe Kilcullen said.

This jump was special though; 150 men jumped from 1,500 feet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Guard's 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group.

These soldiers deploy all over the world. Their main duty is to train foreign forces to defend themselves.

"We have been used extensively in the war on terrorism and this is the first we have actually been used to the capacity we are able to exhibit," Command Sgt. Major David Savage said.

These men are very modest. The special forces website describes the soldiers as quiet men who do not need to broadcast their deeds because their record speaks for itself.

While they would not brag, even on this day of celebration, the battalion commander did offer a little praise.

"A lot of blood, sweat, and tears was put into this organization to make it successful," Commander Sean Klahn said. "A lot of deployments, a lot of history, a lot of veterans to give a lot to bring us to this point."

Despite the hard work, it's easy to tell these men love serving their country.

"People always ask me when I'm going to retire," Savage said. "I will when it's not fun anymore. This is absolutely the best group of soldiers in the United States Army."

"Who gets to jump out of a plane into the ocean and get paid for it?" Kilcullen asked. "There aren't many jobs like that. You can be in the movies, NFL, none of these folks do that kind of stuff."

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