Dressed in their Sunday best, daddies escorted their baby girls to the Father-Daughter Ball Oct 12., hosted by the Fort Bragg Club. Daughters of all ages dragged their fathers onto the dance floor to dance to Miley Cyrus’s song, “Party in the USA,” and later into the night, daddies taught their girls to “Do the Twist.”

“It took just about an hour to do my hair and get dressed,” Gabriella Verdugo said, daughter of Chaplain (Capt.) John Verdugo. “My mom did my hair and we also bought this new dress and shoes for tonight.”

Verdugo’s reason for taking his 11-year-old daughter to the ball was simple.

“I promised her I’d be the first guy to dance with her,” he smiled. “You know, they have ‘middle school dances’ now. We are coming off a deployment and this seemed like the perfect thing to do.”

Sgt. 1st Class Matt Gallagher agreed and said he heard about the ball from Verdugo.

“This was a nice way to spend time with my daughter after a long deployment away from her,” he said.

“He’s a pretty awesome dad,” said Rebecca Gallagher, 11. “I feel very special that he took me.”

“I have the best daddy in the world.,” added Gabriella.

Gabriella isn’t the only one who holds her father in such  high regard.  Teresa Bond and Susan Bond-Stephans were honored when their father, retired Maj. George Bond, Jr., former commander of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, asked them to the ball. Bond served 42 years in the Army and admitted that even though the Army back then hosted small events like the Father-Daughter Ball, he was usually on temporary duty when the events were held.

“I was thrilled when he asked,” Susan said. “We have the greatest dad in the world and it’s a pleasure to go anywhere with him.

No dad compares. We are very proud of him and his service,” she said.

“This is such a great experience,” added Teresa. “I’ve never been on a dad and daughter date before. This is really great.”