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Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, active safety officer of 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Fighter Wing, an Air Guard unit from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., listens to another airman during the morning safety brief at the site of the Escobal health center. Douglas, from Chesapeake, Va., is the proud father of an Olympic gymnast who recently competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Red Horse Squadron will be constructing an addition to the health center and dormitories for Salvadoran medical personnel as part of U.S. Army South's Beyond the Horizon-Panama exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeff Daniel, 211th MPAD)

ESCOBAL, Panama – The morning’s safety brief started out as every other before it, but by the end, applause erupted as the additional duty safety officer recognized a fellow airman for a safe act from the previous day.

Although the applause was for the actions of another service member, it could easily have been for the safety officer, who has a celebrity of sorts in his family.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, additional duty safety officer of 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Fighter Wing, an Air Guard unit from Joint Base Langely-Eustis, Va., is in Panama for Army South’s Beyond the Horizon training exercise with the Red Horse Squadron working at the health clinic in Escobal adding additional exam rooms and a dormitory.

Douglas’ daughter, Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, earned two gold medals after competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

"One was for best individual all around and the other for best team all around,” said Douglas.

The younger Douglas started in gymnastics at the age of 6 and progressively advanced to the national and international level, said Douglas.

Moreover, Douglas’ daughter is the first African-American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in best overall gymnastics.

In 2011, Douglas deployed to Afghanistan as his daughter was preparing to compete in the World Gymnastics competition in Tokyo.

When he found out that she had made it to the competition he said, “I knew she could make it. My love and support was with her.”

After Douglas’ return from Afghanistan, she was training for the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif.

“It’s a two-day competition and after the first day, she was trailing slightly,” said Douglas “But after the second day, I kept up with the scores and I knew she made it before it was officially announced.”

As Douglas performs his job in Panama during Army South’s Beyond the Horizon exercise, he reflects back and said that he is truly proud of his daughter.


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This work, Beyond the Horizon airman has Olympian daughter, by SGT Jeff Daniel, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.03.2013

Date Posted:04.25.2013 17:06

Location:ESCOBAL, PA

Hometown:CHESAPEAKE, VA, US

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