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Airman's son highlighted by Tiger Woods Foundation

By Master Sgt. Greg Rudl, National Guard Bureau

POTOMAC, Md. - Though his tee shot was a little high and left, nine-year-old Jeffrey Dahl showed a lot of composure as he teed off with pro golfer Fred Couples for the ceremonial first shot at the AT&T National Golf Tournament here at the Congressional Country Club July 2.

“Amazing,” he said of the experience. Amazing too was that he’s only started playing the game in May, taking lessons on Fridays.

It could be the same grace under pressure that his dad, Maj. Tom Dahl, an operations officer for the 177th Fighter Wing is displaying while deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism overseas.

Jeffrey and several other children of deployed National Guard and Reserve members were invited by The Tiger Woods Foundation to be part of the tournament’s opening ceremonies. The group was from “Our Military Kids,” an organization that supports children of deployed and severely injured reserve personnel through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring.

When asked where his dad is, the operational security-minded youth simply said, "I can't tell you." He just hopes to play with his dad for the first time when he gets back. Jeffrey's golf ball was hand-delivered moments earlier by a member of the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles Parachute Demonstration Team, who jumped from a D.C. Army National Guard UH-1H Iroquois helicopter high above the first hole.

-Reporting by Samantha L. Quigley, American Forces Press Service was used in this story.

Virtual Camp New medal recognizes service

Master Sgt. Robert Cuff (left) of the Joint Training and Training Development Center located at Fort Dix, explains how to use the Virtual Convoy Operations trailer to 13 year old DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Camp member Maria Pineda on July 15. Photo by Sgt. John Crankshaw, 444 MPAD.

Since 2004, New Jersey Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airman have performed more than 5,700 funeral honors in cemeteries throughout the state, including more than 1,900 at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In recognition for their service, a New Jersey Honor Guard Ribbon has been designed, approved and passed out of committee for a vote by the full legislature. Photo courtesy NJDMAVA/PA.

Pest Control

Senior Airman Amanda Forbes, 108th Civil Engineering Squadron, crouches next to a Sand Fox (see photo) she captured near Vehicle Operations at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Forbes’ duties as an entomologist involve the control of pests to reduce the spread of disease or direct injury from animals. Photo courtesy 108ARW/CE.

Outstanding Airmen

Master Sgt. Daniel Mitchell Jr. (fourth from the left), 177th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron and the Air National Guard's First Sergeant of the Year poses with the ANG´s Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on June 18. Also pictured (l-r) Senior Airman Charity Orriss, Airman of the Year; Staff Sgt. Scott Geisser, NCO of the Year; Senior Master Sgt. Donna Goodno, Senior NCO of the Year; Senior Master Sgt. Rolando Garza, Honor Guard Member of the Year; and Tech. Sgt. Raquel Soto, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year. (Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard Bureau).

Newest Sergeants Major graduates

The graduates of class of 2-08 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, located at Fort Bliss, Texas, pose for photo. Starting from the left Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Vanderclute, Master Sgt. Lavona Toplyn, Sgt. Maj. Michael Cormier, New Jersey State Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Jenkins, Command Sgt. Maj. Konrad Uldschmidt, 1st Sgt. Edgar Paulus and Sgt. Maj. Hermenegildo Devarie. Photo courtesy 1st Sgt. Edgar Paulus.


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