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June 25, 2013

Coming home

Weatherford grad returns home after Marine service

Sgt. Steven Tyler “Tye” Gray returned to Weatherford Wednesday after his service in the military.

“I’m so proud of him for serving his country, and even prouder that he’s home,” Lynette Gray said.

Gray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at 19 years of age, after graduating from Peaster High School in 2009. He completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif. Upon completion of basic, he spent the next year at Camp Pendleton in California, working in finance. 

In 2010, he was offered a position as a Marine security guard. For the next several months, Gray trained at Quantico, Va. He was then deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Africa for the next 12 months. During his time there, he was on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security team during her visit to Africa in 2011. His second deployment took him to the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE. During his time there, he was sent to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, along with other Embassy stations. His final deployment was to the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas. During his time there, he was sent to Mexico City to be part of President Obama’s security team. Gray spent a total of five years in Marine Corps and traveled extensively.

“I can’t tell you how it feels (to have him home),” his mother said. “I’m relieved and I’m excited, and it feels so good to have him and his brothers and sisters at home.”

Gray is the son of Steve and Lynette Gray. From the age of 8, he grew up as a part of his parents ministry, A Place for Grace Children’s Home. His family, friends and extended family are thankful to God for his safe return home.

A small family get together was held Thursday night, with a bigger event held on Saturday.

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