Story by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – The sound of pop music can be heard playing as you approach the entrance to the JBM-HH Community Center.
Pink roses and balloons surround the designated dance floor, where fathers, dressed in their Army Service Uniforms, were dancing with their elegantly dressed daughters.
Fathers from the 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and their daughters attended a Father Daughter Dance on June 3, 2017, at the community center on Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall, Virginia.
The event was sponsored by the unit’s Family Readiness Group (FRG).
“We had talked about this for a while,” said Michelle Morgan, an advisor with the FRG. “We wanted to have a special time designated for fathers and daughters to make lasting memories.”
During the event, the battalion’s fathers and daughters danced, snacked and socialized with other attendees.
“Unfortunately, because of our careers we can’t always be there,” said First Sgt. John Walker, with the 289th Military Police Company. “It’s great to have this time set aside to make memories that will last for a lifetime.”
“This is the first time we have participated in something like this and it’s great,” said Sgt. Edward Span, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company. “It was great to have this time to show these little ones how much we appreciate them.”
The Father Daughter Dance went off without a hitch.
“The event was wonderful,” said Morgan. “We had many families interested in attending and the turnout was great.”
In the future the battalion plans to host more events like this.
“There has been a great interest in doing more events like this,” said Morgan. “We would like to do something for mothers and sons in the near future.”