FORT HOOD — If the decibel level of teenage girls cheers is any sort of scientific measurement, Fort Hood teens like their gowns to sparkle.

The thrilled squeals of teenage girls permeated the Howze Theater on Sunday as the daughters of Fort Hood’s service members glimpsed the gowns that would soon be theirs.

As part of the annual Month of the Military Child, the USO hosted the Operation: That’s My Dress fashion show and prom expo, giving away hundreds of designer gowns Sunday.

Beauty queens from across the nation modeled dresses from designer Sherri Hill, who donated all gowns, and donated accessories from Stella & Dot. Along with the gowns, jewelry, purses and clutches were also handed out during the afternoon event.

Following the up-tempo fashion show, which featured a performance from the USO Show Troupe, the teens were unleashed up the Abrams Physical Fitness Center, where their gowns awaited.

Copperas Cove High School sophomore Natasha Jackson picked out a shiny blue gown after being escorted through the Abrams gym by Miss Teen Wisconsin Kate Redeker.

“The color, everything is perfect,” Natasha said.

The event — pronounced a “girl’s heaven” by Natasha’s stepfather Woody Carter — had beauty queens giving advice as wide-eyed teens ping-ponged from one rack of gowns to the next rack of gowns, grabbing the ones they wished to try on.

“I am having so much fun,” Redeker said.

Girls were given a choice of purses and jewelry to take home at no cost. They were also provided free makeovers and food.

Natasha will be wearing her gown when Copperas Cove High School has its prom April 27.

Carter said the family had planned on buying Natasha a gown this weekend, when they heard about the USO event.

“We decided to give this a shot at the last minute,” Carter said.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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This is a GREAT thing to do for the area's teenage girls. It would have been even better if it had been done BEFORE 3 or more (EHS, SHS, HHHS, THS) area proms have already taken place.

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