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243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball


Friday, November 16, 2018
Private Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm
Cocktail Hour 6:00 pm
Official 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, 703-920-3230 or here. Cut off date for hotel reservations is Friday, October 26, 2018. By phone: mention Henderson Hall Marine Corps Birthday Ball for discount rate.

Room Prices:
• Standard Room: King/Double $129+tax per night.
• Additional Jr. Suites: $159+tax per night.

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:

Hotel Website Hotel Map


Join the Marines of H&S Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, as they celebrate the 243rd birthday of their beloved Corps. Tickets are on sale until November 10 at midnight. 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: $55.
• Officers, Retirees & Civilians : $65.

Guest of Honor
Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana

Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower
Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in January 2001 after 25 years in the intelligence field.

She enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1976 and attended the 47-week basic course in Chinese Mandarin at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She applied for and was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1977, she was assigned the MOS of Basic Intelligence Officer. She also held the additional MOS’s of Imagery Officer, Chinese Foreign Area Officer and Joint Service Officer.

Her early assignments within the Intelligence field include: Imagery Officer at the Fleet Intelligence Center Pacific from 1978-1981; Officer in Charge of the Force Imagery Interpretation Unit with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan from 1981-1982; Officer in Charge of the Marine Detachment, Naval Intelligence Support Center, Suitland, Maryland from 1983-1985.

She was selected as the first female Marine officer to serve in the Defense Attaché program and spent the next two years as the Assistant Naval Liaison Officer in Hong Kong. She served as the MAG-16 Intelligence Officer in Tustin, California from 1988-1990. Her next assignment was as the Executive Officer of the Fourth Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, South Carolina from 1990-1992. She then attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and served a two-year joint tour with the Combined Forces Command/ U.S. Forces Korea as the Intelligence Exercise Planner. Her next assignment was in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina where she served as the II MEF G-2 Operations Officer from 1995 until her last assignment to Headquarters Marine Corps, Intelligence Department in August of 1998 to January 2001.

Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Rhonda joined the Women Marines Association (WMA) in 1989 while stationed in Tustin, California and is a life member of National and of the local DC-l Chapter. She has served in WMA from the Chapter to National level in positions ranging from a National Area Director, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President before assuming the position of National President from 2008 to 2012. She continued to serve as a member of the National Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President for the last 6 years and recently assumed once again the position as the WMA National President for the 2018-2020 term of office.

She is married to James (Jim) Amtower LCDR USN (Retired) and they live in Williamsburg, Virginia.


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.


This year's Birthday Ball memento is a Marine Corps 243rd Birthday Canteen Cup.