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242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball


Friday, November 17, 2017
Cocktail Hour 6:00 pm
Ceremony 7:00 pm
Dinner and Dancing ’til Midnight.


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway • Arlington, VA 22202

Reservations for the hotel:
1-800-228-9290 or here. Cut off date for hotel reservations is Friday, October 27, 2017. By phone: mention Henderson Hall Marine Corps Birthday Ball for discount rate.

Parking rates for reservations at the hotel:
• Self-Parking fee: $10* per car.
• Valet parking fee: $34** per car.
* Parking vouchers will be available at the reception desk.
** Valet Parking is available at the Main Entrance of the Hotel.

Hotel Links:

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Join the Marines of H&S Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, as they celebrate the 242st birthday of their beloved Corps. Tickets are on sale until sold out. Seating and ticketing are online. Pay online with a credit card through PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed to purchase). Tickets are not refundable.

Ticket prices are:
• E1-E5: $40.
• SNCOs: $50.
• Officers, Retirees & Civilians : $60.

Guest of Honor
Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana

Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana
Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics

Lieutenant General Dana was promoted to his current rank and assumed his duties as Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics in September 2015.

Lieutenant General Dana was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June of 1982 following graduation from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

From 1983-1986, Lieutenant General Dana was assigned to 2nd Tank Battalion, deploying with Battalion Landing Team 1/8 to the Mediterranean.  In 1986 he was assigned as the Combat Cargo Officer aboard USS Duluth (LPD-6), deploying to the Western Pacific with Battalion Landing Team 1/9 embarked.

From 1988-1991, Lieutenant General Dana served as the Logistics Officer for Battalion Landing Team 3/1 and as a  company commander and S-3 with 1st Landing Support Battalion from 1992-1994 (Desert Storm/Operation Restore Hope).  From 1996- 1999 he served with the Standing Joint Task Force at Camp Lejeune, as an ISAF Plans Officer in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and as the II MEF G-4 Operations Officer.  After a tour with MAWTS-1, Lieutenant General Dana commanded MWSS-371 from 2000-2002.

From 2003-2005 he was assigned to III MEF, serving as the G-7/3D MEB Chief of Staff, III MEF Deputy G-3, and OIC of the MARCENT Coordination Element at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

From 2005-2007, Lieutenant General Dana commanded MWSG-37, including a deployment to Iraq from 2006- 2007.  From 2010-2012 Lieutenant General Dana served as the Commanding General, 2d Marine Logistics Group, including a deployment to Afghanistan from 2011- 2012.  He was then assigned as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Logistics (LP) until October 2012.

Joint assignments include service with EUCOM, NORTHCOM and, most recently, PACOM.  Lieutenant General Dana is a graduate of Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Warfighting and the Naval War College.


Photos will be available for purchase and take home the night of the Ball. MyEasyPhoto will be located onsite for formal pictures from 5:00 - 11:00 pm. The photographer will capture a minimum of two poses for guests to make their selection. Guests may select different 'photo crops' to fulfill their order: Full Length, ‎3/4 Crop or 1/2 Crop.

Click here to see the Photo Prices & Packages


A free shuttle will start at 4:30 pm at the Marine Corps Exchange and stop at the barracks (Bldg 416, Ft Myer). The shuttle will run continuously "round robin" with the last pick up at the Marine Corps Exchange at 6:30 pm.

The shuttle will resume at 9:00 pm at the hotel and will run continuously "round robin" until 11:30 pm. The shuttle will drop off in front of the barracks and then finally at the Marine Corps Exchange.


• New users only: $5 off first two rides (never expires). click here.
• New and existing users: 20% off two rides, maximum $5 discount per ride. click here
Live 11/17 at 5:00 pm – 11/18 at 2:00 am.


This year's Birthday Ball memento is a Kissing Crane Marine Corps 242nd Birthday Knife.