Belle of the Ball

I’ve never gone to a Navy or Marine Corps ball. Actually, I never went to my prom high school either, but I was asked though.

When I was a sophomore in high school, my boyfriend was a senior and my mom thought I was too young to attend the prom. When I was junior, my best friend asked me and I wanted it to go but some very “mean girls” threaten me (because the head of the mean girls click really liked my best friend, but he didn’t like her) so I didn’t go. In my senior year the guy I wanted to ask me didn’t, so I didn’t go. He didn’t end up going either but I did go to a few “after” parties that were fun.

When I first started writing this blog a few years ago, my first story was about Justin Timberlake attending the Navy/Marine Corps ball after being asked by a young lady in the Navy. Well back in August or September a Marine (Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert) asked the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Rhonda Rousey to attend his ball with him … she agreed to go.

Then she lost a huge fight in Australia and he probably thought she wasn’t going to attend after all but she kept her word and attended the ball with him and from the looks of things they both had a pretty good time!

Just my opinion: Last week Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered all branches to open up all combat jobs to women … I’m just not sure how I feel about that. Please don’t get me wrong. I think that women are phenomenal and WE are quite capable of handling most anything!

However, “GI Jane” was just a movie! In my family alone, my father was in the Korean War, my three older brothers, my sister and nephew are all Army Veterans. My nephew fought in Iraq and Afghanistan right out of high school and my ex-husband is a Senior Master Chief in the Navy Reserve and I’m very proud of all of them; but I wouldn’t want to find myself standing next to any of them in combat … and that’s my only point!

Until next time my Veteran Fashionistas, as always, stay fashionable!

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Jackie Tacke

Jacquelyn Tacke is a proud Navy veteran. She has represented designers from “Project Runway,” “Project Runway All Stars,” “All On The Line,” etc. Some of those designers’ lines were sold in Dillard’s, Lane Bryant, the Smithsonian museum, as well as a variety of boutiques across the U.S. She has produced celebrity fashion shows all across the country and abroad. She was also a guest speaker for FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in San Diego and is a member of Fashion Group International.


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