Free tickets for all active and retired military and service personnel.

Salute to the Military is our annual opening night ceremony during Nutcracker that celebrates and thanks all military members and branches for their service. This moving entre into the program features the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra playing the National Anthem and a medley of all the service anthems, bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace” from the second balcony, a color guard, and the introduction of our honoree of the year, General Glenn Walters, USMC.

Active duty military, veterans and first responders are invited to attend at no charge, with accompanying tickets offered at 25% off.

Military tickets (plus accompanying tickets at 25% off) for Salute to the Military on the opening night of THE NUTCRACKER are available by calling the MBT studio at (703) 257-1811, by email request at, or at the Hylton Performing Arts Center box office.

On the Hylton website use the code SERVICE to access this special offer.


General Glenn M. Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

ACMC Photo

General Walters was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 12 May 1979, after graduating from The Citadel with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon completion of the Officers Basic Course in November of 1979, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune as a Platoon Commander in Weapons Company. He attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in March of 1981.

General Walters attended Multi-Engine Transition Training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School in 1990. He was elected to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in October of 1994.

After his promotion to Brigadier General in August of 2008, he was assigned to the Joint Staff as Deputy Director J-8, DDRA. General Walters came to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in July of 2010, and assumed command of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in November of 2010. He was promoted to the rank of Major General while deployed in August of 2011, and returned in March of 2012. General Walters assumed command of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in May of 2012. General Walters was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on 7 June 2013 and was assigned as the Deputy Commandant of Programs and Resources. On August 2, 2016 General Walters was promoted to his current rank and began serving as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.