The origin of "Dagger 27"

Operation Iraqi Freedom

2008 Iraq

In 2008, I struggled with a very difficult deployment to Iraq.  I returned to the fire department in Austin and reintegrated successfully.  However, I longed to get deployed again.  In 2012, I got my wish.

2012 Afghanistan - Paktya Province

During this deployment to Afghanistan, I worked with some of the best leaders, Soldiers, Airmen and Foreign Nationals you can imagine. My call sign was "Dagger 27."  I owe everything to my Platoon - 2nd Plt., Dagger Company; without them, none of this would be possible.

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Upon my return from Afghanistan, it was difficult reintegrating back to the United States.  I medically retired from the Military and I was unable to return to my original job as a firefigher:  I now needed something to do.  

After I received my Master's degree from Georgetown University, I struggled with the idea of working 9-5.  Luckily, I noticed an ad for the Harvey Penick Golf Course in Austin, Texas.  They were introducing a new sport:  FootGolf. Having a soccer background, I found this sport to be intriguing enough for me to try it out.  Enough said!!  I was hooked.  I played for the next 5 months straight - everyday.  I traveled to France, Holland, Acapulco, Mexico City, Honduras and many states here in the U.S.  The therapeutic effect it had on me was extremely beneficial.

After an incredible year, I now want to introduce this fairly new sport to my fellow veterans.  With over 20 million vets nation wide, the sky is the limit.