Largest-ever crowd for Navy Ball

Largest-ever crowd for Navy BallNAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION — Two hundred and forty two years ago the vision of starting the Navy began with the idea of sea power as a means to protect and promote the American dream.

The tradition of the Navy Ball started many years after, but here at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake the elegance and pageantry of the Navy Ball tradition has grown tremendously every year.

Three years ago NAWS China Lake began organizing the ball at the Kerr McGee Center, a heart of IWV community gatherings.

That first year more than 100 guests attended. Last year that attendance doubled to 250.

This year’s event, on Oct. 13, had a record-setting attendance of 347 guests celebrating the Navy’s birthday, heritage and custom of honoring those who could not be present – those who have paid the ultimate price for their loyal service.

Guests at this year’s ball enjoyed a social hour; a ceremony with words from NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Dale, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey and guest speaker Lt. Cmdr. Michael Tremel; and the Navy tradition of toasting the various U.S. military branches and their allies.

The night ended with music and dancing.

Pictured: Naval Air Weapons Station Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Dale (center); guest speaker Lt. Cmdr. Michael Tremel (left); and NAWS Junior Sailor ET3 Nicholas Fisher (right) cut a birthday cake during the Navy Ball at the Kerr McGee Community Center, Oct. 13. Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey looks on with more than 340 military members, civilians and community members who attended the Navy’s 242nd birthday celebration. -- U.S. Navy photo by ET2 Clyde Laster

Story First Published: 2017-10-20