By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah P. Blechner
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Service members from Navy Region Singapore and Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC), celebrated 240 years of Navy heritage during a Navy Ball birthday celebration Oct. 10.
This year's Navy Ball theme was "Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always," and was punctuated by COMLOG WESTPAC Commander, Rear Adm. Charlie Williams' keynote remarks.
"For the last 240 years, our Navy has operated forward, when it matters, where it matters, guaranteeing the peace and, if needed, standing ready to fight for our nation and protect and defend the ideals of our republic," said Williams.
Williams went on to explain how Sailors, Civilians, and Navy families stationed in Singapore contribute to the U.S. Navy's forward presence mission. In particular, he highlighted Singapore-based personnel work with distributive logistics in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet and theater security cooperation engagements held throughout the year with 10 partner nations in South and Southeast Asia.
"For our Sailors and Navy Civilians in the audience this evening, I can assure you that your every-day work matters, and that you matter both individually and collectively in ensuring our Navy is ready to do our nation's bidding."
The ball highlighted many special events, including a formal colors presentation, singing of both the Singaporean and United States national anthems, and a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony.
Following remarks by both Williams and the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, the Honorable Blair Hall, service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces along with members from partner nation militaries enjoyed an evening dedicated to U.S. Navy history and heritage.
"I think it's important to have venues like our Navy Ball to celebrate and share our Navy's proud history," said Quartermaster 2nd Class William Cedeno. "Getting together with shipmates in this environment is always a great way to build camaraderie within the command. Our Navy Ball was a great event for all involved."