Sunday, October 28, 2007

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

On Friday night, we celebrated the Marine Corps' 232nd Birthday with a traditional ball at the downtown San Diego Marriott. Because Marine Bands all over the world perform at many Birthday Ball celebrations for the next month, this particular ball was for the West Coast musicians, including the bands from San Diego, Miramar, Camp Pendleton, and 29 Palms. It was a special evening full of camaraderie and tradition, including a few speeches, the ceremonial presentation and cutting of the cake, dinner, and dancing. As this was our first Marine Ball, A and I were very excited about the night. Below: L with her friends Maureen and Yvonne, followed by A and fellow Marines.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Promotion

Last week on October 1st, A was officially promoted to the rank of Corporal (E-4), also referred to as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). Considering he only joined the Marine Corps a year ago, this is a considerable accomplishment. At 0700, the promotion ceremony took place in front of a battalion of Marines and L got to pin A with his new chevrons. This picture was taken in front of the Band Hall at MCRD where A works.

Here is the Non-Commissioned Officer Creed (which A recited with a raised hand):I am an NCO dedicated to training new Marines and influencing the old. I am forever conscious of each Marine under my charge, and by example will inspire him to the highest standards possible. I will strive to be patient, understanding, just, and firm. I will commend the deserving and encourage the wayward. I will never forget that I am responsible to my Commanding Office for the morale, discipline, and efficiency of my men. Their performance will reflect an image of me.