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DVIDS – News – Sixteen sailors complete training to become ceremonial guards

The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guards (USNCG) welcomed 16 sailors who completed initial training to become ceremonial guards aboard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Jan. 28.

These Sailors were selected from Recruit Training Command during their basic training, based on an interview process and physical requirements, to represent the Naval Service in presidential ceremonial, military , Navy, and public in and around Washington D.C. Additionally, the Ceremonial Guard serves as a funeral escort and performs all services for Navy personnel interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

“We select Sailors during boot camp who most exemplify the Navy’s core values ​​of honor, courage and commitment,” said Cmdr. USNCG Commander Dave Tickle. “These young men and women represent the best our nation has to offer and stand in the shadow of the guards before them.”

The qualified sailors are:

The aviator Fayez Ayoub
Seaman Elizabeth Bucher
Airman Levi Ditzler
Michah Heisler, aviator
Seaman Aiden Jones
Firefighter William Kelly
Airman Decorie King
Seaman Ian King
Airman Mathew Mullally
Airman Christopher Prescott
Seaman Daviontee Robinson
The aviator Philippe Rosa
Seaman Nathaniel Rosekrans
Firefighter Shelay Soucie
Jaubriel Willis aviator
Airman Dalaynoh Wilson
“I am extremely proud of the effort and hard work of every sailor over the past few weeks,” Tickle said. “The discipline required to reach graduation day cannot be underestimated, and today they are the Navy’s newest guardsmen, the pride of our service.”

Sailors who graduated today have completed eight to nine weeks of self-paced training which focuses on rifle marching and drill, ceremonial dress standards, assembly and inspection of the M-1 rifle, and forces sailors to learn the history and purpose of the Ceremonial Guard. Additionally, during the training, the sailors twice passed the Navy Physical Readiness Test at a higher level than that required by the rest of the fleet.

“Training was stressful at times,” said SN Bucher. “But I knew that if I stayed committed, I would be able to pull through. The training definitely pushes you mentally, but I’m confident now that I’m ready for any challenges that may be ahead.

Upon graduation, these sailors will be assigned to the Marching Platoon, which is the initial platoon that holds all guards after graduation. While in the Marching Platoon, they will work toward the qualifications required to become a member of one of four units: Pallbearer Platoon, Fire Group Platoon, Color Platoon or Army Platoon. drilling team.

Members of the Casket Bearer Platoon participate in several variations of Last Rites ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. During a two-year tour of command, each pallbearer strives to become proficient in all coffin-bearing assignments and achieve the coveted wreathbearer qualification. Along the way, bodybuilding goals must be achieved as well as performance qualifications. In teams of eight, pallbearers carry the remains of fallen service members to their final resting places within Arlington National Cemetery.

Riflemen from the Gunnery Group Platoon perform the three-volley salute at each Navy burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Each member of the firing squad strives to achieve their highest qualification as a Battery Petty Officer. This qualification signifies that a sailor has demonstrated the commander’s knowledge, leadership, and confidence to lead the gun crew in firing the salute battery guns at the Washington Navy Yard.

A standard color guard is made up of four members: a left rifleman, national color, navy color and a right rifleman. Members of the Colors Platoon must learn the drill, movements and history behind the Navy Colors and the 30 battle streamers that accompany the flag, which represent every war and conflict in the service’s history . This prepares color guard personnel for their highest qualification of personal colors bearer, in which those who achieve this qualification are authorized to carry the flag in the personal colors of admirals, senior military and government officials, including the president the United States.

Members of the US Navy Drill Team platoon are experts in the art of close order drill, coordination and timing. Using the standard Springfield 1903 rifle with fixed 10-inch bayonet, the drill team follows a naval service tradition of performing a routine four and a routine nine. The intricate drill block performed by the drill team includes marching and weapon presentations, executed with unique precision movement, as well as stunning aerial maneuvers. The drill crew puts on electrifying performances for audiences in the Washington DC area and travels the country year-round. Each member of the drill crew works extraordinarily long hours in an attempt to achieve their highest Point Man qualification.

Since 1931, the Navy Ceremonial Guard has grown from an assembly of men awaiting transfer from the Naval Gun Factory to a highly refined shore command of over 200 sailors. The Ceremonial Guard remains focused on providing funeral honors to former and present Navy service members and ceremonial support throughout the Washington DC area.

To learn more about the US Navy Ceremonial Guard, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/about/ceremonial_guard.html or follow us on social media at https:// www.facebook.com/usnceremonialguard and https://www.instagram.com/usn.ceremonialguard/

Date taken: 28.01.2022
Date posted: 28.01.2022 10:45
Story ID: 413604

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