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River Creek Blog: Operation Homefront golf outing

The 10th annual Operation Homefront golf tournament took place at River Creek April 24.

Threatening rain held off for most of the afternoon, allowing the golfers to complete the round or come reasonably close.

Zack McDonald was one of the warriors who participated in the tournament. He served one tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. As a member of the 82nd Airborne, he was a victim of a suicide bomber in Iraq. “We had just brought in new local police to man the front gate. They somehow allowed the bomber to enter our compound,” he said.

McDonald said he was tossed around and knocked out, but he survived without permanent injury. Unfortunately, two men were killed and eight were injured, McDonald said.

David Diaz, the featured speaker at the evening dinner, talked about his experience with Operation Homefront. His tour with the Army JAG unit in Iraq earned him the Bronze Star. He said it wasn’t for anything specific but his overall exposure in combat.

“We got along very well with the Iraqis,” he said.

Retired after 22 years in the military, Diaz recently battled prostate cancer. He ended up at Walter Reed Hospital separated from his wife and family who were living in Charlotte, N.C.

“Operation Homefront arranged for us to have a home in Gaithersburg so we could be together.”

Diaz said his cancer is in remission and he works as a paralegal.

Willie Wonka at Riverside HS

The musical “Willie Wonka” will be on stage at Riverside High School in Lansdowne at 7 p.m. May 4, 5 and 6. There will also be a 2 p.m. showing May 6. Evening shows admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Correction from last week’s column: Kyle Lambdin sang “America the Beautiful” at the tennis open, and David Archuletta and Kyle had the same voice coach.

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