NBG XO retires in unique ceremony at Gab Gab Beach

by Jeff Landis, Major (USMC, Ret.)
U.S. Naval Base Guam PAO

SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 9, 2016) -- The executive officer of U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), Cmdr. Dave "Sarge" Ellis, retired after nearly 25 years of service at a unique retirement ceremony at Gab Gab Beach, Dec. 9.

Kept quiet for at least a month by the NBG staff, the ceremony was planned to have the XO conduct one more "mission," to conduct the flag retirement ceremony underwater with the NBG Navy divers. The ceremony began with the reading of letters of appreciation, followed by the awarding of the Meritorious Service Medal to Ellis. As the aroma of fresh smoked pig filled the air in the background, Ellis was then piped "afloat" rather than "ashore" for his flag retirement ceremony underwater.

NBG staff, friends and family then gathered to enjoy a close-knit family picnic at Gab Gab.

Ellis, a former enlisted Marine Corps radio operator, spent more than three years serving as NBG executive officer for three separate commanding officers. Ellis enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1989 and was then accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1997 and later being designated a naval aviator in 2000. He amassed more than 2,500 hours in various platforms, including 1,500 in the C-2A Greyhound and performed more than 180 aircraft carrier traps.

Ellis will be heading to Germany to join his wife, Dawn, who is currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

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