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July 08, 2006
Oregon Air National Guardsman sets new BASE Jumping World Record during charity event
 
Cpt. Dan Schilling, commander of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron from the Portland Air National Guard Base, set a new World Record by making 201 BASE jumps within 24 hours, during the Project Warrior World Record Event held July 7-8 at the Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.
 
The event was held to raise public awareness, support and donations for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships to children who have lost a parent during U.S. special operations forces training and missions.
 
"My mission is to support the kids and raise money for the Warrior Foundation, setting the record is just the icing on the cake," said Schilling.
 
During the Project Warrior World Record Event, Schilling jumped from the bridge 201 times and parachuted 486 feet to the ground. After each BASE jump, Schilling was hoisted to the top of the bridge using a steel basket connected to a 60 ton construction crane.
 
After reaching the 200th BASE jump goal, Schilling performed one more jump to bring the count to 201.
 
"This last jump is purely for team work and to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me get through this," Schilling said.
 
The Project Warrior World Record Event raised more than $4,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
 
Schilling supports the Warrior Foundation because while serving in the Air Force Special Forces he participated in the Battle of Mogadishu (also known as Blackhawk Down) and personally knew 15 children who were left fatherless in one day. Schilling said that day had a big impact on him.
 
"I have a son and I would want someone to help him out with a college education if I couldn't be there for him," said Schilling.
 
Schilling encourages that more donations need to be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
 
"These kids have already paid the ultimate price for America when they lost their parents," he said. "The least we can do, as Americans, to repay their sacrifice is to help provide them with a college education."
 
For more information please visit www.specialops.org.
 
Attached is a media package and photos from the Project Warrior World Record Event.
 
 
Photos:
 
Photos by Spc. Annie Baxter, Idaho National Guard
 
SOWF2 081: Cpt. Dan Schilling walks along the Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, at 8:28 p.m. on July 7, wearing a parachute and preparing to make another BASE jump during the Project Warrior World Record Event.
 
SOWF2 115: Cpt. Dan Schilling makes another successful BASE jump landing at 9:34 p.m. on July 7, as the sun sets over the Perrine Memorial Bridge during the Project Warrior World Record Event in Twin Falls, Idaho.
 
SOWF2 267: Cpt. Dan Schilling opens the canopy of his parachute at 4:53 p.m. on July 8, after BASE jumping from the Perrine Memorial Bridge during the Project Warrior World Record Event in Twin Falls, Idaho.
 
SOWF 002: With just a few more jumps to reach his goal, Cpt. Dan Schilling makes another leap from the Perrine Memorial Bridge at 5:33 p.m. on July 8, during the Project Warrior World Record Event in Twin Falls, Idaho.
 
Project Warrior Package.pdf
 
 
 
Contact:
 
Cpt. Dan Schilling
(801) 372-7715