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Soldiers jump with Black Daggers

Soldiers jump with Black Daggers


Eight lucky Fort Hood Soldiers were given the opportunity to do their first ever tandem jump with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team in Salado, Feb. 12.

Master Sgt. Chris Malone with the Black Daggers said the team is currently conducting their annual winter training, which provides the team with consistent practice during the slower, winter season. They took the opportunity to practice landing precisely on target.

"Our main focus of training was to hone our canopy accuracy," Sgt. 1st Class Sean O'Toole said.

While landing in an open field is simple, most of the demonstrations performed by the Black Daggers are done in small areas, so the landing has to be perfect. The parachuting team typically jumps from between 2,000 to 14,000 feet and can perform a variety of stunts.

Fifteen members of the team travelled from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Central Texas, where they practiced from the Salado Airport. The team worked with Fort Hood's USASOC to find some lucky Soldiers to tandem jump with the team.

"We had the opportunity to link up with Fort Hood to take some young special operation prospects out on a tandem ride," Malone said.

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The III Corps and Fort Hood Tax Center is receiving clients for the new tax return season from now through April 16. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays, hour are extended, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tax center will be closed on weekends, all federal holidays and III Corps training holidays. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling (254) 288-7995 or (254) 287-3294. The tax center is located in Bldg. 13, on 52nd Street (west of III Corps Headquarters). Services are available to Soldiers, their Families and retirees.

GOLF TOURNEY

Feherty's Troops First Foundation is hosting a free four-person golf tournament at 9 a.m., March 8 at the Courses of Clear Creek. The event includes dinner and prizes. Before the shogun start at 9 a.m., Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Leroy Petry will act as Warrior Call Speaker. After that, at 8:25-8:50 a.m., PGA Tour legend Tom Watson will offer a free clinic. For more information, visit www.hood.armyMWR.com/Golf.

COWBOYS COMBINE

Registration is open for the Dallas Cowboys Military Combine set for March 23 at the Ford Center in Frisco. Fort Hood Soldiers are encouraged to take on the same drills as NFL athletes in a real combine. The top male and female competitors will not only win a year of bragging rights: they will also get to announce a 2019 Cowboys draft pick. This is your chance to show your athleticism in a real combine setting against 200 other military athletes. Take on the same drills as the NFL and claim your spot among the armed forces’ toughest and fastest. Events include a 40-yard dash; vertical jump; short shuttle; broad jump; bench press; and 600-yard shuttle. Prelims are set for March 23 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Finals are set for April 13 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington The event is free and open to all members of the U.S. armed forces. To register, visit www.DallasCowboys.com/MilitaryCombine. For more information, call 254-286-5760, or 254-737-5760.

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The 2nd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade, hosts the 2019 Green Dragon Ball at 5:30 p.m., April 5, in the Phantom Warrior Center. Tickets to the event are on sale now. Call 254-287-0951 for details.

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