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Goodfellow Marines celebrate 234th Marine Corps Birthday

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Retired Marine Col. Timothy Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence Marine Forces Pacific, speaks at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Retired Marine Col. Timothy Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence Marine Forces Pacific, speaks at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Retired Marine Col. Timothy Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence Marine Forces Pacific, receives the first piece of cake at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. The first piece of cake is given to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present. Upon receiving the second piece of cake, the oldest Marine will in turn pass it on to the youngest Marine present, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Retired Marine Col. Timothy Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence Marine Forces Pacific, receives the first piece of cake at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. The first piece of cake is given to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present. Upon receiving the second piece of cake, the oldest Marine will in turn pass it on to the youngest Marine present, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Peter Bordeleau, hands the second piece of cake to Marine Corps Pvt. A. H. Peralta at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. The first piece of cake is given to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present. Upon receiving the second piece of cake, the oldest Marine will in turn pass it on to the youngest Marine present, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Peter Bordeleau, hands the second piece of cake to Marine Corps Pvt. A. H. Peralta at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. The first piece of cake is given to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present. Upon receiving the second piece of cake, the oldest Marine will in turn pass it on to the youngest Marine present, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Marines and guests dance at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Marines and guests dance at the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Nov. 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --     Marines and guests celebrated the 234th U.S. Marine Corps birthday ball hosted by the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 7, at the C.J. Davidson Center, San Angelo.  The guest speaker for the evening was retired Marine Col. Timothy Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence Marine Forces Pacific.
    Tradition holds that the first piece of cake is given to the guest of honor and the second to the oldest Marine present.  Upon receiving the second piece of cake, the oldest Marine will in turn pass it on to the youngest Marine present, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the Corps.