Perhaps you could address the problem that as a Retired Marine, former MSG, living overseas, NOT employed by the US Embassy, I am not allowed to buy tickets to attend the Marine Balls. This happened to me the 3 years we were in Tbilisi, Georgia, and again this Fall in Islamabad, Pakistan. They only sell tickets to US Embassy employees, security. I'm told I should find someone inside the US Embassy to buy tickets for me, but since they are locked away hiding inside their compound that is really hard to do. I've written to the MSGBN SgtMaj twice over the years, no response. Semper fi Mac.