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Marine Corps curtails budget for birthday ball dignitary travel

Sep. 3, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
2nd MAW, Ray Mabus, celebrate 237th Marine Corps B
Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, left, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, hands Marine Corps birthday cake to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus during the wing's 2012 birthday ball celebration in New Bern, N.C. Due to budget constraints, individual commands are being asked to only invite guests of honor from their region of the countryin 2013, according to a Marine administrative message. (Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki / Marine Corps)
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The Marine Corps’ top brass will not be able to travel as much for birthday ball celebrations this fall as the service grapples with a tight fiscal environment, Marine officials say.

The announcement was made in Marine administrative message 414/13, published last month. General officers, senior executive service members and seregants major should “minimize travel in support of guest of honor participation in Marine Corps birthday balls” this year, it says. Keeping that in mind, individual units and commands should invite guests of honor from their region of the country, the message adds.

“Guest of honor travel outside the local area requires approval and determination of mission criticality from the staff direct or the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps,” said the message, signed by Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, the staff director at Marine Corps headquarters.

The message was released as the service prepares to celebrate its 238th birthday on Nov. 10. Balls will be held across the country throughout November, as individual commands mark the celebration.

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos’ ball will be held Nov. 9 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday.

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