Notes from the front. Oct 2008

October is an auspicious month in the Marine Corps, and not just because of ghouls, goblins, and naughty pirate costumes. This month begins what I like to call the season of ninety-sixes. Beginning on Columbus Day all the way through Presidents Day in February, there are at least two long holiday weekends a month. It’s also the time of year we lean forward with final preparations for the birthday bash celebrating over two centuries of the World’s Finest. That’s right, the Marine Corps birthday ball is nearly upon us!

Below is a website update I wrote in October 2008 reminding friends and family about the swashbuckling good times to be had by attending the ball, naughtiness was optional.    

From the desk of America’s First Sergeant:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, All Hallows Eve! The perfect season for Headhunting and Skullduggery is upon us.  This month found us reprising our roles as amphibious monsters as we tackled training at Bellows Beach. Well, sort of. Okay, we were at Bellows but I have to admit there was nothing amphibious about our training. Sigh. It sounded cool though.  What we did do is about eight days of practical training with a company that employs Iraqi nationals to interact with Marines in realistic scenarios in order to help prepare them for our upcoming deployment to Iraq.  They also conducted classes on Iraqi culture, food, and lessons in Arabic. 

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousands of men have borne that name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” – General John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Ball is coming up soon! This year we will be conducting the cake cutting ceremony on the waterfront of the Aloha Tower Marketplace.  Afterwards we are boarding a ship for a dinner cruise and hopefully a little piracy! Fine, no piracy is scheduled but it does shape up to be a good time this year and is being conducted a little differently than your average ball. History and tradition is what sets the Marine Corps apart from the other services, so encourage your Marine to attend.  Besides, all the ladies get to wear cool dresses!  As if that isn’t enough incentive, America’s First Sergeant will be on hand for photo opportunities at no charge. I look good in blues too. Don’t miss it.

Hic Sunt Leones!
1stSgt Burke
Headhunting & Skullduggery Company

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  1. It saddens me that my life has never given me the opportunity to attend a Marine Corps Ball. They sound like ridiculously good fun. It’s my own fault, of course, for being a former Lefty and now a suburban soccer mom. Lest you feel sorry for me, however, I have been known to get my children out of the doldrums by hosting impromptu dance parties in the kitchen. No uniforms required, of course.

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