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Family gets rare look at Night Stalking training

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

The Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers, were training off of Tybee Island on Friday, drawing quite an audience as these super secret soldiers jumped hundreds of feet from their own unique MH60-Mike Blackhawks.

It wasn't just beach goers who got a first glimpse of these elite special operators in action. It's really rare to see something like this, not only because of how classified their training and missions are, but they also go mostly at night.

While it was indeed training, it was also a rare opportunity for the family members of Night Stalkers to see their loved ones in action.

From hundreds of feet in the air, beach goers on Tybee looked up to see tiny specks of soldiers falling from the sky.

But it wasn't just any training. There were Night Stalkers from the Third Battalion 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, jumping and parachuting from MH60 Blackhawks.

"It's always exhilarating," said Night Stalkers Capt. Arturo Eusebio. "But we're always checking about the training, always thinking about the mission, what are we doing, because safety is always our primary concern."

It was a rare glimpse at highly classified training that even most of their family members have never seen before.

"This is probably the first time that they've had the opportunity to at least see us in action, maybe videos here and there and some stuff like that, but this is the first time they've seen it in the light of day and right here in front of them," said Night Stalker Sgt. 1st Class Keith Link.

Friday was not only a training opportunity, but a chance for family members to see their loved ones in action.

"Since I don't know exactly what he does, it is fun seeing them jump out of airplanes and spending the day with his friends as well," said Angie Link.

It was a unique experience that have many looking at dad in a whole new light.

"Well, I've always known that he's done this, but this is still pretty awesome," said Audrey Link.

There were 18 jumpers total, including Commander Lt. Col. Chris Black and his command staff. After they finished in the water, everyone went to Memorial Park for a cookout.  

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