Commentary | June 15, 2021

Lieutenant Junior Grade Garrett laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

By Kara Noto

Lt.j.g. Morgan Garrett has been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, surrounded by family and her military community. Garett and her U.S. Navy flight instructor were killed during a training mission in October 2020.  Lt.j.g. Morgan Garrett

The Coast Guard aviation community recognized the loss of Garrett with a C-130 flyover of the formal military burial, and members of the Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative were in present to honor to Morgan’s life, service and sacrifice.  

Adm. Charles Ray, Vice Commandant – a longstanding leader in the military aviation community – presented the American flag to her parents.

Originally from North Carolina, Garrett graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2019 and went on to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. 

Her performance and demeanor earned the respect of the Academy community, where she served in the regimental staff, and as leader within the student aviators and women in aviation community.

Garrett was posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant junior grade.  

The loss of our shipmate is a stark reminder of the dangerous training and operations Coast Guard women and men perform every day. We remember her spirit, tenacity and service to a grateful nation.

“Her life mattered. She honored our service, she honored the naval aviation community, and every member of our nation’s military,” Ray said during a November memorial service at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola. “We will learn from her accident, just as we learned from her life and how she lived it.”