Navy boot camp graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, April 14, 2023.
Oh, yeah, let’s go get on the bus. Let’s go. Recruit training. Command is the quarter deck of the United States Navy. Good order and discipline will be maintained 24 7, proper military post will be maintained 24 7. Every enlisted sailor begins their naval career here and our mission is fairly simple. It’s to transform civilians into smartly disciplined, physically fit sailor ready for follow on training and service to the fleet. And while doing so to instill in them the highest values of honor, courage and commitment. You are no longer a civilian, whatever you were before is now over. You are about to begin a journey that’s going to make you a part of the greatest naval force the world has ever known. This training will not be easy. It wasn’t meant to be. Our training environment is controlled chaos guys. And while it may not seem like that to the recruits, each and every event has meaning and purpose, you’re gonna standoff at the top of your list. Do you understand?
We are designed to develop skill sets that sailors can carry throughout their entire career and push hard on physical fitness. You better kick, watch standing and creating a warrior mindset. Now with the mental, you’re gonna be focused on your mind. A true body, mind and soul approach. When I say you’ll have 15, 15 seconds down your face, your straps, check seal and put your hand in. All of our recruits receive training that will help them. The second they get to the fleet, put your down, firefighting, damage control, weapons and seamanship. Our recruits get hands on training and application with them all beautiful man. Look at kids. One draft fish. What the perfect way?
Bottom one right here. So I need everything you’ve got because once we start this evolution again, I’m going to expect you to adapt, overcome and be pen up. Yeah. Work together as a team execute the mission. And the next time I see you, you’ll be saved, who are neighbors. Everything they learn is tested in a battle stations. Chief, division 001 mad and ready for politicians. Chief is a 24 hour event where the recruit ceases to exist and a sailor is forged and I, yeah, boot camp really is a machine with a swarm of moving parts all working towards the same goal. Making a sailor. I Yeah, good morning. Welcome to the navy’s recruit training command. And today’s graduation ceremony, we’re very excited to have the families and friends of our navy’s newest sailors here. You are about to watch the formal transition of your recruits to full-fledged sailors. Today, your recruit will officially join the world’s greatest and most powerful navy. The department of the Navy has determined that the men and women graduating here today have what it takes and are ready for service as a sailor. Today’s graduation is not just for the graduates but for you as well. Today, you will become part of the navy family. Your sailor will continue to depend on you for love, support and encouragement as they progress through their navy careers, their time in service will bring about new challenges and take them to ports and duty stations across the globe. In addition, you will meet and network with many navy families here and throughout your sailors time in service without the steadfast support of navy families this day would not be possible. So, on behalf of the United States Navy, thank you, take pride in what your sailor has accomplished here and the tremendous journey they’re about to embark on. Thank you all for what you do to support our nation’s navy and enjoy today’s ceremony. Yes. Yeah. As the parade of graduates approaches, we salute the states and territories whose sons and daughters will graduate today. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama, Me, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Florida A Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota. South Dakota Montana, Washington. I know Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico. Wow, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, us, Virgin Islands. State flags, order arms. And now we invite you to join the staff of recruit training, command in welcoming the graduating divisions with your applause as they enter midway, ceremonial drill hall and are announced in the following order. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise as we welcome. today’s graduating divisions. Please welcome. Division zero. Yeah, zero A it 289. Yeah. Yeah, 090. Oh yeah, division 09. I think division zero. Today’s graduating performing unit is division division nine provides the arrival on our staff, honor guard, the recruit and review. Commander Adit and graduate. She provides to board assignments for today’s ceremony. Ladies and gentlemen, you may be seated. Thank you. Divisions, right?
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For the remainder of the review, no one will be permitted to pass in front of the review stand. And we ask this as a courtesy to our reviewing officer. Photography is certainly encouraged, but we ask that you remain seated and off the drill deck, the photographers you will see on deck throughout The review are the official photographers of recruit training. Command, division commanders left or right face a raid, rest. Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m Lieutenant Jessica Morales, recruit training, command’s master of ceremonies. I would like to welcome you to today’s pass and review. Today, you will see seven divisions comprised of 413 sailors participating in their graduation ceremony and soon join the most powerful navy in the world. Please draw your attention to the unit positioned at center deck. There is the review commander and staff. The review commander is responsible for conducting the graduation ceremony. Today’s review commander is airman apprentice Ryan Kalama from Hawaii. Let’s give him a hand performing. Today is the triple threat unit on their eighth week of training, the state flags unit on their nine th week of training and the staff unit on their 10th and final week of training. These units are comprised entirely of recruits during their night of arrival. Recruits are placed into divisions of 88 personnel and assigned division commanders. Recruit division commanders form the backbone of recruit training and are key individuals in the life of every recruit. Division commanders must serve as counselors, disciplinarians, administrators and military leaders. Above all, they must show themselves as outstanding examples of military bearing, appearance, attitude and behavior. Each division also has a recruit chief petty officer, the senior recruit supervises the divisional staff positions and leads the division in the absence of their division commanders Now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the graduating divisions, their division commanders and recruit chief petty officers. As I introduce each division, they will raise the competitive flags they have earned throughout their training. As I introduce each recruit, chief petty officer, the flag representing their home state will also be raised. Please hold your applause until all introductions have been completed. I will be starting from there. Right?
Division 087, commanded by petty officer first class Richard Lyles petty officer, first class rape Smith petty officer, second class Travon Davis and their recruit, Chief petty Officer Seaman Sean Espinosa from San Mateo California division 088, commanded by petty officer first class Daniel Wyn petty officer first class chance. And they recruit chief petty officer seaman apprentice Arthur Nar from Somerville, South Carolina division 089, commanded by chief petty officer Joshua Vance petty officer, first class Rebecca Ratcliffe petty officer, second class Dimitri Alvarado and their recruit chief petty officer airman Jose Gonzalez Salvador from San Antonio Texas division 090, commanded by Chief petty Officer Vicky Talkington petty officer, first class Courtland Stewart petty Officer, second class Nicholas Visco. And they recruit Chief petty Officer airman apprentice Garri Wilson from Twin Falls, Idaho division 091 commanded by petty officer, first class Edward Sambrano petty officer, first class wins. Karubi petty officer, first class Savannah and they recruit Chief petty officer Airman Ethan Satinsky from Longmont, Colorado Division 093, commanded by Chief petty officer Chris Bong petty Officer, first class Chris Jefferson petty officer, second class William Hall. And they recruit Chief petty Officer fireman William Morgan from Anderson, South Carolina division 918, commanded by petty officer, first class Chick Kelsey McLorin officer, first class Li Ming petty officer, second class Edgar. And they recruit chief petty officer airman apprentice Ryan Kalama from Macau Hawaii. On behalf of the commanding officer and staff of recruit training command, we congratulate these division commanders and recruit chief petty officers on a job well done. In a moment. You will see the ceremonial side boys Bowen and honor guard, take their places for arrival honors. This time honored tradition is our formal greeting to this morning’s reviewing officer. When requested by the announcer, please stand for the arrival honors marching on of the colors of the national anthem and the invocation. As a reminder, military guests shall remain covered throughout the entire graduation ceremony. And ladies and gentlemen, one final note as befitting the importance of this occasion, our ceremony is conducted in a formal manner. However, we do encourage you to participate in today’s graduation ceremony by letting your applause show these sailors just how proud of them you are. Once again. Welcome aboard. Oh, the Visions Art show. Yes, the guest, please rise and remain standing for the arrival of the official party. Yeah, time, orderly strike four vows, recruit training command, arriving order Arms Director Navy staff arriving or or the guest may be seated. Yeah, good morning, sir. I got certified for inspection, sir. Thank you very much, sir. Mhm. No. Mhm. Color will the guest please rise. Present arms back, order Rita, the color present arms order arms. Chaplain Stefan will now offer this morning’s invocation. Let us pray gracious God. We have so much to be thankful for today. We thank you for the grace and favor you have bestowed upon these young men and women and the impact they will have on the future of America and the United States Navy. From the four corners of this great nation and our partner nations around the world through high expectations and challenging training. You have granted them success. Heavenly Father, today, we recognize the diligence, service and sacrifice of our recruit division commanders and staff. We thank you for their heart for the mission and for the countless hours they have invested into these sailors. We especially thank you for the families of these men and women who have sent them forward to perform the noble task of honorable service to this nation in defense of freedom, liberty and a peaceful way of life. Bless them as they rejoice with their sailors this day on a job well done. Lord. As we mark this moment, we ask your continued blessing and protection upon these men and women as they head off to further training and service in the fleet. Grant them confidence in their abilities, joy in their accomplishments and an ever growing love for you. This nation and the navy they so proudly serve in thy holy name. We pray. Amen. I oh, that our guest may be seated at this point. The commanding officer would issue orders and instructions to the unit commanders. Then the unit commanders would face about and relay the information to their divisions. Today’s events show how orders are passed through the chain of command. Hey, this is right. Very well, very well. Zero 22. Right, right. Very well. All the visits president account, sir. Yeah, there three. Ah I see. I good morning. I was in the graduating divisions. Request permission to commence the review. Very well. Commence the review, sir. So, oh yeah, let’s start simple guys out. Uh it so I see. Yeah, milty hard. Oh yeah. Mhm. What?
Very well, good morning. I’m Captain Kerrick Brooks commanding officer, crew training command. I’m pleased to welcome families and friends to our graduation ceremony and we look forward to sharing this momentous occasion with you with us. Today is our reviewing officer, Mister Andrew, director of Navy Staff officer of the Chief of naval Operations. I would like to acknowledge and thank the representatives from the Chief of Naval Operations staff for being here today as the fleet sponsor of division 090. Our fleet sponsors provide valuable mentorship and motivation to our Navy’s future sailors while they’re in training and recruit training Command. I cannot thank all of our visitors enough for your continued support. And I’m sure your sailors are grateful for your encouragement throughout their training at Recruit training Command. I would also like to welcome all the veterans in our audience and thank them for their service to our country. Would all of our veterans please stand and let’s give them a round of applause. 918 graduates today, they are the support staff unit providing arrival honor staff, honor guard, recruit review, Commander Aton and support staff for the ceremony. Please join me in giving them and the six other graduating divisions here today in a round of applause for their outstanding performances. This is where our Navy heritage meets the future, where these young men and women enter the profession of arms. The staff of recruit training, commanders dedicated to providing the United States Navy with basically trained, physically fit and smartly disciplined sailors such as those standing here. Today, these sailors have successfully completed 10 rigorous weeks of demanding recruit training and they have earned the right to wear the uniform recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom. They and others like them serve as the bedrock of our naval forces. They will join other sailors around the world to give our Navy combat edge and enable us to help keep this nation secure. This training group is ready to graduate and serve in the world’s most powerful navy. Ladies And gentlemen, I present to you 413 of the newest and sharpest sailors in the United States Navy. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated, recruit training, commands, competitive system among individual recruits and divisions promotes teamwork, attention to detail and pride and accomplishment divisions, performing above standards throughout their training are awarded recognition flags in the five mission areas, academic achievement, military drill, compartment, readiness, applications, and visible fitness. These flags are carried as a visible symbol to the division’s success. Each flag indicates that your sailors individually and as teams met performance standards and one for more mission areas. A division that excels in every phase of training qualifies for the battle efficiency, honor division recognition and is awarded the battle e honor flag for this exemplary achievement division 918. And we congratulate them on a job exceptionally well done how Russ will now present this week’s individual awards and he will be joined on the drill de by commanding officer, Captain Brooks. Good morning, gentlemen, I apprentice report. It is our pleasure to recognize the review commander for today’s ceremony. Airman apprentice Ryan Kalama division 918 from Maa Hawaii. Throughout his training, airman apprentice Kalama has exhibited great pride and naval service and has consistently demonstrated his potential as an effective leader. He has maintained a high standard of personal appearance and has played excellent military bearing and command voice. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement. Well done. Sailor morning Sir. Thank you, sir. Morning captain Simon reported achieving the highest overall academic score during recruit training. Seaman Jonathan Neet division 0 89 from Anacortes Washington has earned the academic excellence award which is sponsored by the Lake Defiance Chapter of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American revolution. Seaman neet receives a letter of accommodation from the commanding officer, well done sailor for having displayed extraordinary qualities, best expressing the American spirit of honor, initiative and loyalty. A and apprentice Ivan Chiappa division 090 from Elizabeth New Jersey is awarded the Navy League Award which is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States. A and apprentice Chiappa is presented with a commemorative plaque and a letter of accommodation from the commanding officer. Well done sailor. Thank you, sir. Good morning captain Steven reporting, Seaman Cheyenne Gorra division 091 from San Diego, California is the winner of the United Service Organization Award for best exemplifying the spirit and intent of the word mate. Simon Gorra is given a commemorative plaque from the United Service Organization. Well done sailor. Yeah, good morning, Seaman Heidi Zoo Division 090 from Los Angeles California is the recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars Award of Merit. This award presented for meritorious performance during recruit training. Seaman Zoo is presented with a commemorative plaque from the military Order of the World Wars. Well done sailor. Good morning captain, construction apprentice pa Good morning. The Military Officers Association leadership award is presented to Construction and Apprentice Connor Parish division 918 from Castle Rock Colorado for demonstrating exceptional tenacity and professionalism. Construction and apprentice parish is awarded a letter of accommodation from our commanding officer. Well done sailor morning captain, wait for reporting Lucas Winkler division 0 88 from Lexington Kentucky is the recipient of the Navy Club of the United States of America Military Excellence Award for best exemplifying the qualities of enthusiasm, devotion to duty, military bearing. And this award places him at the pinnacle of today’s newest sailors. He is awarded a flag letter of accommodation seaman Winkler, the staff of recruit training command salutes you as the finest of this group of graduates well done sailor. This it is appropriate to recognize such outstanding individual accomplishments by these sailors with a round of three cheers. The Ain will lead all graduating divisions in three cheers for this morning’s award winners. Yeah, I have the distinct pleasure this morning of introducing our reviewing officer, Mister Andrew Haley, Director of Navy Staff Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He serves as a senior civilian on the Chief of naval Operations staff and he coordinates enterprise level efforts across the entire staff and ensures the alignment of more than 400 flag officers and senior executives. Prior to his current assignment, he served as a special assistant to the President and the senior Director of the White House Situation Room. Mister Haley also served as the National Security Council’s Chief Information Officer. Additionally, he served as chief of staff for the under Secretary of the Navy, as a senior director with the office of the Chief management Officer and as deputy director for a task force to improve business and stability operations in Iraq. In the office of the Secretary of Defense, Mister Hypo is a retired Marine Corps colonel and he spent the majority of his Marine Corps career in operational and deployed units. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in the warm recruit training command. Welcome to Mr. Hey, good morning. What a great Navy day and director of the Navy staff. And it’s really a privilege to be here today to welcome these 413 sailors into the world’s finest navy for over a century naval station. Great Lakes has transformed over three million civilians into highly trained civil or sailors. One of those being my father and preparing him for world War. I, the program here has always been rigorous, demanding more from recruits than they probably thought possible. But each of them has selflessly answered the call of duty to serve because to serve a cause greater than themselves, they have passed mantle stations and proven themselves worthy of wearing the uniform that symbolizes freedom throughout the world. The uniform of the United States Navy, the recruit division commanders, instructors and staff at RTC have taken on a unique and honorable challenge of shaping recruits into these finest American sailors, maintaining the Navy’s high standards. And we thank them for their dedication. But most importantly, we acknowledge these sailors families and friends for the integral role that you have played and helped shape your recruit into a person who wanted to stand up for their country, who understands the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment. And during the past eight weeks, you have tirelessly supported them. We now welcome you into the Navy family sailors. You are about to embark on one of the most challenged adventures of your life. You’ve chosen to serve your country at a time when it is most needed. When America must show a strong presence throughout the world on the seas and in the skies. You’ve taken on the responsibility of defending our nation and are now prepared for that tremendous duty you have earned not only mine but the respect of a grateful nation. Congratulations sailors forward. We do formation. Mister Haley will now receive a salute of the graduate divisions and he will be joined on the drill de by our commanding officer, Captain Brooks. Please remain seated until your graduates have been placed on liberty. Please join me in one more round of appreciation for our wonderful musicians of Navy, Bang Great Lakes, flags post section leaders fall out and retrieve out of garments. Thanks again to each and every one of you for joining us on this most memorable of Navy days and without further delay. Now, here this liberty liberty call.