‘Terminal Lance’ Tuesdays: Gunny’s guide for Birthday Ball decorum — and Sgt. Scott Moore’s advice for inviting celebs


It’s Tuesday, so we’re opening the “Terminal Lance” vault once again to share another from the dozens of strips creator Max Uriarte has inked exclusively for readers of Marine Corps Times.

Up this week: “Expectations,” first published in the issue dated Oct. 17, 2011.

“Expectations.” Original pub date Oct. 17, 2011. (Artwork by Maximilian Uriarte)

With Birthday Ball season nearly upon us, this seemed like a fitting choice. Plus, it’s pretty damn funny. And, too, you’ll recall the frenzy last year when, one by one, Marines took to YouTube to invite celebrities as their Birthday Ball dates. Mila Kunis. Justin Timberlake. Et cetera. We can’t help but wonder whether a similar trend will materialize this year. So far, the only Marine-celeb invite we’re tracking is Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks, who asked First Lady Michelle Obama during a Toys for Tots event late last year in Washington. (That was pending the approval of her husband.)

Sgt. Scott Moore (via YouTube)

All this got me thinking about Sgt. Scott Moore, the data chief with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, whose 19-second clip from Musa Qala, Afghanistan, became a media sensation, ultimately landing him a date with Hollywood A-lister Kunis and inspiring dozens of others to take a chance (with varying degrees of success). Via Twitter, I asked Moore today what advice he’d give to Marines seeking a celebrity date to this year’s Ball.

“Oh man,” he said. “Pick someone cool, be funny and original (almost impossible now), and be prepared for unforeseen consequences.”

So there you go, Marines — straight from the Maestro himself.


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