10 November 2017 the Marines of Detachment 270 celebrated the 243rd Birthday of the Marine Corps at Montgomery Inn in Montgomery OH. We had an absolute wonderful event. The Emerald Society Fire and Police Pipe and Drum Corps opened our ceremonies with a 15 minute concert of patriotic songs concluding with the “Marine Corps Hymn”. Then followed by the traditional Birthday Ball Ceremonies. Our Keynote speaker was Marine Corps Lt Col Amy McGrath, the first woman to fly an F 18 in combat. She flew 89 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her presentation was excellent and inspired everyone in the room. After reiterating some of the difficulties she had early in her career path someone from the cheap seats asked how did she overcome all these obstacles. She replied, “I had my shit together” and the crowd went wild giving her the first of several standing ovations! The evening concluded with dancing and music supplied by Marine D J “Big Daddy Walker”. Most fun I had in years and I can not express my thanks enough to Lt Col McGrath.