19 Sep 1986 – 12 Nov 2020
AVCO, TF Sinai
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Chief Warrant Officer Three Dallas G. Garza died November 12, 2020 when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed during a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Dallas was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to parents David and Belinda. He spent the majority of his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin with his mother and siblings Aurora, Sylvia, and Tommy Long. For high school, he attended Seventy-First Senior High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Not long after graduating from high school in 2005, Dallas followed his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the Army.
His first duty station was in Fort Bragg, NC as a helicopter crew chief, where he was able to complete his first Airborne jump alongside his father during his last jump in the Army. His 2nd assignment was in Hawaii where he fell in love with the island before he truly began to pursue his journey to become an aviator. His first duty station as a pilot was Fort Hood. While at Hood, Dallas excelled becoming a pilot in command and subsequently instructor pilot. After Hood, he PCS’d back to Hawaii, where he progressed Standardization Pilot and Instrument Examiner. Following his time in Egypt, Dallas was set to attend Green Platoon at Fort Campbell, KY due to his favorable assessment for the 160th SOAR.
When not in uniform, Dallas knew how to live life to the fullest as a father, son, brother and friend. He would wear flamingos with pride, singing his heart out in karaoke, and dress up every chance he could, including dressing up as the hero he will forever be remembered as, Superman.
Dallas is survived by his young daughters, Viviana Garza, Isabella Garza, and his oldest son Christopher; parents, David Garza Jr., Maria De Jesus Garza, and Belinda Swinney; brothers, David D. Garza and Tommy Long; sisters, Jesica Garza, Aurora Long, and Sylvia Long.