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Ethan Grow: US Navy Ceremonial Guard

April 23, 2018
By John Morrison

GCS Grad Ethan Grow part of ceremonial honor guard for
Barbara Bush funeral service (Ethan is in his navy dress whites)

I was able to view much of Barbara Bush’s remarkable memorial service this past Saturday via C-SPAN television. It really was a quite moving event.

Low and behold, the next day I was informed that GCS graduate Ethan Grow (class of 2010),  who is a member of the elite navy ceremonial honor guard, was privileged to be one of the military members serving the Bush family for this somber occasion.  

Ethan was one of two bearers selected to serve from the USNCG at the private burial on the campus of Texas A&M. His official duty was to bear the casket of Mrs. Barbara Bush as part a team of eight representatives from various branches of the US military.

Ethan was chosen to serve in the Navy Ceremonial Guard, the official ceremonial unit of the United States Navy, at the end of boot camp in the spring of 2016. Based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, the USNCG’s primary mission is to serve in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital.

Ethan has earned the TOP qualification in Bravo company, 1st platoon (Casket Bearers) and conducts dignified transfers, funerals and interments at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as training new team members. He recently received orders to report to Naval Station Great Lakes (IL) to resume his career training. His wife, Kourtney, and one-year-old daughter, Kierlee, will be moving there with him in June.

Ethan, we are so proud of you and appreciate your service on behalf of our country!

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