MILLINGTON, TN – A native of Hope Township recently completed an intensive 10-week training program to become a member of the elite U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.
Fireman Eric Roncoroni, a 2007 graduate of Belvidere High School, joined the Navy six months ago. Today, Roncoroni serves as a U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guardsman.
“I joined the Navy to start a second professional career,” Roncoroni siad.
Established in 1931, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard is the official honor guard of the U.S. Navy and is based at Naval District Washington Anacostia Annex in Washington, D.C.
According to Navy officials, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the service in 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 nation’s most prestigious ceremonies, including Presidential inaugurations and arrival ceremonies for foreign officials.
Sailors of the Ceremonial Guard are hand selected while they are attending boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Strict military order and discipline, combined with teamwork, allow the Ceremonial Guard to fulfill their responsibilities with pride and determination. They are experts in the art of close order drill, coordination and timing.
The Ceremonial Guard is comprised of the drill team, color guard, casket bearers and firing party.
“What I like best is the comradery that everyone has here at this command,” Roncoroni said.
There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers.
“I am most proud of being selected to the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and being the one percent of the one percent that has the opportunity to be a part of such an elite group,” Roncoroni said.
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Roncoroni, as well as other sailors, know they are part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.
“Serving in the Navy means showing pride and honor, and giving back to my country,” Roncoroni said.