Monday, November 14, 2011


Although the official Marine Corps birthday is 10 November, some units have no choice but to hold their ceremonial birthday ball on a different day based on training or venue availability.  My unit held the Ball on 9 November aboard the Hornblower in San Diego.

Jillian and I agree that this was, by far, the most enjoyable Ball to date as it was the first time we invited family and friends to join in on the festivities.

The evening's program

I've attented quite a few Ball ceremonies and the night's guest speaker, Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch, was the most enjoyable, motivating and inspiring of the past seventeen years.