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Celebrating traditions at the Navy Ball

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow officer in charge, retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Chaney, and Cryptologic Technician Collection Seaman Madison Elliot, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow trainee, cut the Navy birthday cake during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. Tradition is to have the youngest and the oldest cut the cake, but in breaking tradition, Allen was allowed to join for his last Navy Ball at Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow officer in charge, retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Chaney, and Cryptologic Technician Collection Seaman Madison Elliot, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow trainee, cut the Navy birthday cake during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. Tradition is to have the youngest and the oldest cut the cake, but in breaking tradition, Allen was allowed to join for his last Navy Ball at Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Diana Williams, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow instructor, places a single rose on the POW/MIA table during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The POW/MIA table is set each ball in remembrance of those who are unable or longer able to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Diana Williams, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow instructor, places a single rose on the POW/MIA table during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The POW/MIA table is set each ball in remembrance of those who are unable or longer able to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Chaney speaks to the crowd during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. Chaney spoke of leaving a better Navy for the future by passing down the lessons learned to newer generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Chaney speaks to the crowd during the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. Chaney spoke of leaving a better Navy for the future by passing down the lessons learned to newer generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow officer in charge, joins the traditional toast and response at the Navy Ball on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The toast pays respect to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and to all of the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow officer in charge, joins the traditional toast and response at the Navy Ball on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The toast pays respect to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and to all of the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy color guard stand by for the start of the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The evening ceremonies began with the posting of colors by the color guard and the setting of the POW/MIA table. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Navy color guard stand by for the start of the Navy Ball at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas Oct. 6, 2017. The evening ceremonies began with the posting of colors by the color guard and the setting of the POW/MIA table. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The Event Center hosted the Navy Ball, which celebrated the Navy’s 242nd birthday, bringing all the branches together for an evening full of ceremony and long-lasting heritage at Goodfellow Air Force Base Oct. 6.

Focusing on traditions, the evening consisted of setting the Prisoner(s) of War/Missing in Action table, the posting of colors, singing of Anchors Aweigh, the toast and response, a speech from retired Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Chaney, and the cutting of the birthday cake.

Breaking customs, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow officer in charge, joined the youngest and the oldest sailors present in the cutting of the cake. Allen, Cryptologic Technician Collection Seaman Madison Elliot, Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow trainee, and Chaney, cut the cake celebrating Allen’s third and final Navy Ball here at Goodfellow.

The United States Navy, founded Oct 13, 1775, is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The U.S. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, one in the reserve fleet, and two new carriers under construction. The service has 322,421 personnel on active duty and 107,577 in the Navy Reserve. It has 276 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of June 2017.