3d CR extends spur tradition to daughters of the Regiment

Story and Photos By 1LT Joan Drammeh, 3d CR Public Affairs


Army Service Uniforms and Stetsons mixed with princess dresses at the Ohana Place June 14 as members of the   3d Cavalry Regiment enjoyed the unit’s first Daddy Daughter Dance. The sold-out event, featuring a candy bar, cookie decorating, and a spur necklace ceremony, welcomed 200 fathers and daughters for a night of dancing in their finest.

“We thought it would be a great event for us to do since our guys are home from deployment,” said event planner Missie O’Neal. “It started out as a Sabre Squadron event but we opened it to the entire Regiment due to the great interest.”

The daughters seemed more than pleased to serve as their daddy’s date.

“She wore the same tutu she wore to my welcome home ceremony so it was a nice memory,” said Sgt. Jacob Angvine, Muleskinner Squadron, about his two-year-old daughter Italy.

The necklace ceremony was the highlight of the dance. In the grand tradition of the Spur Ride and Spouse’s Spur Ride, the fathers presented their daughters with a spur necklace, thereby inducting them into the Regiment and identifying each girl as the daughter of a Cavalry trooper.  The volunteer disc jockey got the party going with the ‘chicken-dance’ and the ‘Macarena’.

“They loved dancing to the music and it was nice to spend special time with them,” said Staff Sgt. Douglas Landes, Tiger Squadron, about his daughters Julia, 8, and Emily, 7, who boogied to the music in matching white dresses.

Photographer Amanda Valentine provided portraits and frames for each daughter. On the back of each framed image she placed the following quote: “My daddy is the first man I ever fell in love with.”