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244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Hotel check-in on November 16 is at 1400.
Hotel check-out on November 17 is at 1300.
Breakfast Buffet on November 17 is at 0630-1000 in Dining Room.
Grab & Go Continental Breakfast on Nov 17 is at 1000-1100 in Dining Room



Saturday, November 16, 2019
• VIP Cocktail Hour: 4:30–5:30 pm
• Cocktail Hour: 5:00–6:00 pm
Ring Chimes - Last Call: 5:45 pm
• Bars Close: 5:50 pm
• Official Ceremony (all seated): 6:00–7:00 pm
• Bars Reopen/Duration of Service: 7:00–11:00
• Dinner: 7:20–8:30 pm
• Dancing: 8:30–11:00 pm
• After Party: 11:00 pm – 12:30 am.


West Belmont Place at the National – Event Center
18980 Upper Belmont Pl. Leesburg, VA 20176
703.724.5650 / 703.729.8000.

Room Prices:
• Standard Guest Room: $79 (with breakfast for two).
• Suite: $129 (with breakfast for two).

Free! Parking Garage located on premises. First come, first serve.

West Belmont Place – Event Center Links:

Event Center Website Directions Reservations


Join the Marines of H&S Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, as they celebrate the 244th birthday of their beloved Corps.

Tickets are on sale until November 4 at midnight. Seating and ticketing are online. Pay online with a credit card. Tickets are not refundable.

Ticket prices are:
• E1–E5: $40.
• E6–E9: $60.
• Officers, Retirees & Civilians : $80.

Buy your tickets here:
Starting Friday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.

Mobile Ticketing Option
Mobile Ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets DOES NOT allow you to choose your seat. The desktop web version on your cell phone, will allow you to access the seating selection options.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Guest of Honor
Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana

Sergeant Major Troy E. Black

Sergeant Major Black assumed his current post as the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on July 26, 2019. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in April of 1988.

Throughout his career, Sergeant Major Black has been assigned numerous duties to include: 0331 Machine Gunner, Machine Gun Squad and Section Leader; Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Weapons Platoon Commander; Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, DI School Instructor, and RTR Drill Master; First Sergeant, G Company 2d Bn, 1st Marines, E Company 3d Amphibious Assault Battalion, Officer Candidates School; Sergeant Major, 3d Bn, 7th Marines, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Logistics Group, and Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

He has deployed aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) in support of Operation Just Cause and to the Mediterranean in 1989 ; deployed in support of Operation Sea Soldier, Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and Sea Angel with 3rd Bn, 5th Marines in 1990, and to Okinawa in 1992; to Iraq with 2d Bn, 1st Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF) in 2004; deployed with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during Operation Bright Star and to Iraq in support of Operation Steel Curtain in 2005; to Afghanistan with 3d Bn, 7th Marines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010; deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012; and deployed in support of WESTPAC 14.2 and Operation Inherent Resolve with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2014.


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


• 15:00 – 1st Bus departs HH pull up bars to the Barracks (Bldg. 416)
• 15:10 – 1st Bus departs the Barracks (Bldg. 416) to the venue.
• 21:30 – 1st Bus departs the venue and returns to HH Barracks (Bldg. 416) and immediately
  after drops off any Marines at the pull up bars next to Smith Gym (HH) if deemed necessary.

• 15:20 – 2nd Bus departs HH pull up bars to the Barracks (Bldg. 416)
• 15:30 – 2nd Bus departs the Barracks (Bldg. 416) to the venue.
• 23:30 – 2nd Bus departs the venue and returns to HH Barracks (Bldg. 416) and immediately
  after drops off any Marines at the pull up bars next to Smith Gym (HH) if deemed necessary.

• NLT 15:00: Van staged in front of the Barracks (Bldg. 416)
• NLT 16:00: Van departs the Barracks (Bldg. 416) en route to the venue.
• Van will remain at the venue parking lot overnight.
• The next morning (November 17th), at 11:00, Van will depart the venue, transporting Marines
  back to HH Barracks (Bldg. 416).


This year's Birthday Ball memento is a Stemless Wine Glass with custom Henderson Hall logo.