Sat | Nov 18, 2017

The US Marines had a ball!

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie
From left: Melissa Whitmer, Major Jason Hanslovan, guest speaker George Wooten and wife Brenda.
Kristina Ortiz, programme officer at USAID, and researcher at the University of the West Indies, Tyler Mullen.
USAID’s Andrea Plucknett and her father, Reinford Linton.
USAID’s Zika adviser Kristen Alavi and her husband Aamir, economic officer at the United States Embassy, were perfectly coordinated in a timeless navy blue dress and classic tuxedo.
Chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy, Eric Khant (left), and British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad.
From left: Malgorzata Wasilewska, head of EU delegation, Shorna-kay Richards and Laurie Peters.
From left: Jean-Marc Behar, Denise Smith and Michelle Syliva.
Sandra Raggio radiates in emerald green.
The gorgeous Agnieszka Orlowska looking lovely in a magenta and black ensemble.
Marine Zach Greenleaf and his lovely date, Christina Robinson.
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It was a night to remember and a sight to behold at the United States Marine Corps 242nd Birthday Ball on November 3 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

This opulent affair is the signature annual event for the Marine Corps (MC) worldwide. Personnel from the various departments within the US Embassy in Kingston, distinguished guests and members of supporting US Embassy agencies, came in their numbers in support of the MC.

Official remarks were delivered by charge d'affaires at the US Embassy, Eric Khant, who gave high praise for the work, dedication and patriotism of the members within the MC. The more than 1,000 men and women which constitute the Marine Security Guard programme are heavily relied on by the United States embassies and consulates around the world. They operate around the clock, offering protection for official US Government personnel and properties. The MC ensures that the United States has the ability to conduct diplomacy safely around the globe.

The pre-recorded message from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was warmly received by those in attendance. The message expressed gratitude for the outstanding service from the MC and the pride the United States has in the men and women which serve within it.

The United States Marine Corps embodies commitment, loyalty, integrity and courage, which are the four core values upheld by 'the land of the free and the home of the brave'. But they also knew how to party. After the meeting and greeting, it was time for the Marines to have some fun dancing the night away.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com