Tennessee senator Richard Briggs enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he jumped out of an airplane with the elite Army Golden Knights.

Briggs attended an Army recruiting event on April 25, where 18 civilians were selected to do a tandem jump.

The Golden Knights are the Army's elite parachute team. They perform at events all over the world to promote Army service and recruitment.

Sen. Briggs retired a colonel in the U.S. Army after 38 years of military service as a surgeon, including two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It was an honor and a privilege to jump with the Army’s elite Golden Knights.  It was a thrilling and once in a lifetime experience,” stated Briggs when asked about the experience. 

Sen. Briggs said they jumped from approximately 15,000 feet, with about 45 seconds of free fall to 5,000 feet.