Wausau native joins elite navy honor guard

By Rick Burke, Navy Community Outreach Office

MILLINGTON, Tennessee – A native of Wausau, he recently completed an intensive 10-week training program to become a member of the US Navy Honor Guard.

Seaman Jordan Wooldridge, who graduated from Wausau West High School in 2021, joined the Navy six months ago. Today, Wooldridge serves as the ceremonial guard of the United States Navy.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps to serve in the Navy,” Wooldridge said.

Established in 1931, the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard is the official honor guard of the United States Navy and is based at the Washington Naval District Anacostia Annex in Washington, DC

According to Navy officials, the primary mission of the US Navy Ceremonial Guard is to represent the service at Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital. Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard participate in some of our country’s most prestigious ceremonies, including presidential inaugurations and arrival ceremonies for foreign officials.

“What I love most about child care is being able to honor those who have served in my own branch and give them the greatest respect I can give them,” Wooldridge said.

Sailors from the Ceremonial Guard are hand picked as they attend training camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Strict military order and discipline, combined with teamwork, allow the Ceremonial Guard to discharge its responsibilities with pride and determination. They are experts in the art of close-order exercise, coordination and timing.

The Ceremonial Guard is made up of the Drill Team, Color Guard, Casket Bearers, and the Shooting Group. Casket bearers transport ex-Navy personnel to their resting place, whether at Arlington National Cemetery or another veterans cemetery. The Gunnery Group renders the 21 Gun Salute, the iconic military funeral honor, at every Navy burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

While there are many opportunities for Sailors to gain recognition in their command, community and career, Wooldridge takes great pride in having completed the initial training necessary to become a Guard.

“It was difficult at times, but in the end it raised my personal standards,” he said. “Hard work is not enough. You must be motivated and have the will to be better and to do better every day. ”

As a member of the US Navy, Wooldridge, along with other Sailors, know they are part of a tradition of service delivering unforgettable experiences through leadership development, global affairs and humanitarian assistance. . Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the world and for generations of seafarers to follow.

“Serving in the Navy means I can do my best job and be proud of the job I do here,” Wooldridge said.

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