Navy boot camp graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, May 19, 2023.
OK. State flag 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 Wisconsin California, Minnesota, Oregon, Cancer, 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 Wrong American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, us, Virgin Islands. Yeah, state flags, order arms. And now we invite you to join the staff of recruit 20 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. Today’s gradual close. Please welcome division 121, division 122, division 123. Yeah, division one, division 12. Yeah, division 12 seven. Today’s graduating performing unit is division 923, division 923, provides the recruit choir drill team and band for today’s ceremony. Ladies and gentlemen, you may be seated. Thank. You, divisions, right?
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For the remainder, no one will be permitted to pass in front of the reviewing. And we ask this as a courtesy to our reviewing officer. Photography is certainly encourage, but we ask that you remain seated and off the the photographers you will see on Deb throughout the review are the official photographers of recruit training command. Division commanders, left or right face, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m Lieutenant Daniel Alcorn, crew training commands ma ceremonies. I’d like to welcome you to today’s past interview. Today, you will see seven divisions comprised of 443 sailors participating in their graduation ceremony and soon to 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 seamen recruit Malos Napoleon from San Diego, California performing today is the state flag on their eighth week of training, the staff unit on their ninth week of training and the triple threat unit on their 10th and final week of training. These units are comprised entirely of recruits during their night of arrival. Recruits are placed in 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. This 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 competitive flag. They have burned throughout their training. As I introduce each group. Chief petty officer, the flag representing their home state will also be raised. Please hold your applause until all introductions have been completed. I’ll be starting from there. Right?
Division 121 commanded by Chief Petty officer Leland petty Officer, first class Janette Coleman petty officer, first class David Lee and the recruit chief petty officer Seaman Jason Bruney from Ocala Florida division 122, commanded by Chief petty Officer Dwayne Allison petty Officer. First class carry Corcoran petty Officer, first class Jacqueline Bainbridge and their current Chief petty Officer Seaman Deus Jackson from Birmingham, Alabama division 123, commanded by Chief petty Officer J C petty Officer, first class Wendell Lawson petty Officer second class Andrew Nicole and their hurt. Chief petty officer seaman apprentice Ryland Toves from Manteca California division 124 commanded by Chief petty officer Jason Brown Lee petty officer, first class Jonathan Golden petty officer, first class Christie Jones petty officer, first class George Belly and their group. Chief petty Officer of Seaman Nakaya Hill from Virginia Beach, Virginia division 125, commanded by chief petty officer Jasmine Scott petty officer, first class Joseph, no petty officer, second class Marquel Lewis the second and their crew. Chief petty Officer of Seamen Charity Dennis from Valdosta Georgia division 127, commanded by Chief petty Officer Lester Rivera petty Officer, second class Eric Velez petty officer, second class Vincent hand and their group. Chief petty officer Seaman Jeremiah Lowe from Atlanta, Georgia Division 923, commanded by chief officers, petty officer, first class Jessica MAOI answer first class Roland Palacios and the recruit chief petty officer, senior apprentice Robert Ware from West Bend, Wisconsin. On behalf of the commanding officer and staff recruit training command, we congratulate these division commanders and recruit chief petty officers on a job. Well done in a moment. You’ll see the ceremonial side boys boats and honor guard. Take their places for arrival. Honors. This time honored tradition is our formal greeting to this morning’s viewing officer. When requested by the announcer, please stand for arrival. Honors marching on the colors, the national anthem and the invocation. As a reminder, military guests are remain covered throughout the entire graduation ceremony. And ladies and gentlemen, one final note, as we fitting 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 you are. Once again, welcome. A yeah, the guest, please rise and remain standing for the arrival of the official party recruit training command are arriving. Oh, naval legal service command, arriving. What?
Oh Admiral United States Navy retired arriving. The guest may be seated. Wanna go say my respect, sir. Thank you for your inspection comment. So ok, well. Mhm. Mhm. Will the guest please rise?
Yeah, I present arms order arms. Chaplain Clare will not offer this morning’s invocation. Let us pray dear. Heavenly Father. We have gathered here today to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of these fine young men and women who stand here today and dress white uniforms as freshly forged United States navy sailors as the psalmist once penned. Those who go down to the sea and ships who do business on great waters. They have seen the works of the Lord and his wonders of the deep Lord. These sailors who come from across our nation and from our partner nations have answered that call, the call to go and do the business of our country. The work of defending freedom, liberty, and peaceful way of life across the earth. From sea to shining sea. From some here today will serve on ships, some will serve with our marines. Some will serve aboard submarines, some in hospitals, some in aircraft and some in the cyber realm, utilizing all the great intellect and talent you have granted them. Lord. Today we are so incredibly thankful for every sailor graduating today for their commitment to serve for their friends and families who have loved and supported them for the R D CS and staff who have taught them for the physical, mental and spiritual strength they have demonstrated throughout their training to arrive here today. They truly are America’s best are coveted 1% of our nation and now rightfully take their place among the ranks of the great naval fighting force of our nation. And it is you o Lord and the generation upon generation of veterans before them that we owe our freedom. Let this 19th day of may be forever engraved in our memories as a great and noble day ordained by you o God. Amen and amen. Stop. Mhm. Ok. Yes. Our guests 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. They report very well, very well. 123, very welcome. Very well, very well, very well, very welcome. Oh, the president, very well. The ah yes. Right, good morning captain. I present the graduating divisions, request permission to commence the review Very welcome to Mr. The Review Rose. Oh. Mhm. Ok. Yes, War World Award with reporting tonight. Very well. Good morning. I’m Captain Kerrick Brooks Commanding Officer Recruit 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. Admiral Cecil Haney United States Navy retired, our guest of honor, Rear Admiral David Wilson, Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, and our special guest, Mr. Jim Triola, National Commander of the American Legion. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the members from the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps here today as the sponsor of division 121, I cannot thank all of our visitors enough for your continued support and I’m sure your sales are grateful for your encouragement throughout our time and recruit training command. I would also like to welcome all the veterans in our audience and say thank you for your service to our country. Would all of our veterans please stand so we can give you a round of applause. Division 923 graduates today, they are the triple threat unit providing the recruit choir, drill team and band. Please join me in giving them and the six other graduating divisions here today. A round of applause for their outstanding. 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 command is 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 demand and 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 a bedrock of our naval forces and they will join other sailors around the world to give our navy its 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 443 of the newest and sharpest sailors in the United States Navy. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. Admiral Hay will now present this week’s individual awards and he will be joined on the drill deck by our commanding officer, Captain Brooks and our guest of honor, Rear Admiral Wilson. And today’s special guest, Mr. Trio 40 for achieving the highest overall academic score during recruit training. Seaman Jason Bru division 121 from O Ocala Florida 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 Bruning received a letter of commendation from the commanding officer. Well done sailor. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you again for having displayed extraordinary qualities, best expressing the American spirit of honor, initiative and loyalty. Seaman Connor Rickon division 125 from Berkeley, California is awarded the Navy League Award which is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States. Seaman Rickon is presented with a commemorative plaque and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer. Well done sailor for am. Thank you, admiral. Thank you. Thank you sir. Seaman Benjamin Sby division 123 from Grand Prairie Texas is the winner of the United Service Organization Award for best exemplifying the spirit and intent of the word shipmate. Seamon Sos is given a commemorative plaque from the United Service Organization. Well done sailor. Thank you, Avril morning, Avril. Thank you. Good morning, sir. Thank you, sir. Good morning. Good morning. Seaman James Jacobs division 923 from Cocoa Beach Florida is the recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars Award of Merit. This award is presented for meritorious performance during recruit training. Seaman Jacobs is presented with a commemorative plaque from the Military Orders of the World Wars. Well done. Good morning. Thank you. Thank you. Good morning, sir. Thank you. The Military Officers Association Leadership Award is presented to Airman Nathaniel Bell division 122 from Floresville, Texas for demonstrating exceptional tenacity and professionalism. Airman Bell is awarded a letter of commendation from our commanding officer. Well done one good morning. Thank you morning. Thank you, Seaman apprentice Amber Gibbs Moral division 923 from Mineral Ridge. Ohio 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 teamwork. This award places her at the pinnacle of today’s newest sailors. She is awarded a flag letter of commendation, seaman apprentice givens tomorrow. The staff of recruit training command salutes you as the finest of this group of graduates. Well done. Thank you. Yes, hello. It is appropriate to recognize such outstanding individual accomplishments by these sailors. With a round of three cheers. The adits will lead all graduating divisions in three cheers for this morning’s award winners. Ok. Yeah, I have the distinct pleasure this morning of introducing our reviewing officer, Admiral Cecil Haney, United States Navy, retired a native of Washington DC and a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate school and National War College. He retired in 2017 after completing 38 years of distinguished service in the United States Navy. During his military career, Admiral Haney led large organizations develop and executed strategic and operational plans and managed substantial budgets. As a current submarine officer, Admiral Haney commanded the fast attack nuclear submarine USS Honolulu Submarine squadron, one in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Submarine Group two in Groton, Connecticut as a four star admiral. He commanded the US Pacific fleet responsible for the manning operations and maintenance of the US Navy fleet located in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He culminated his distinguished career as the Commander of us Strategic Command responsible, responsible for strategic capabilities involving nuclear weapons, missile defense, space and cyberspace. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in the warmer Katri command. Welcome to Admiral. Good morning all. Thank you, Captain Brooks for that kind introduction. How about another round of applause for these sailors?
You know, we are all privileged to be here today to celebrate and welcome these 443 sailors into our United States Navy, the best navy on the planet for over a century. Navy station, Great Lakes has transformed millions of civilians into highly trained sailors. I commend the leadership here from the division commanders, instructors and just the entire staff that took on this unique and honorable challenge of shaping recruits into the finest American sailors and setting a wonderful example for these graduates. Thank you for your dedication. How about a round of applause for them?
Let there be no doubt the program here has always been rigorous, demanding more from recruits than they likely thought possible to these 443 new sailors know that I am so so proud of you. You have selfishly selfish, answered the call to duty to serve a cause greater than yourselves. You graduates have demonstrated that you not only know how to put your bids together professionally, shine your boots and prepare your uniforms and even wake up a bit earlier. Before sunrise perhaps. But I know now that you know more about the Navy and you all have completed that battle stations ritual well done in that you have proven yourselves worthy of wearing the cloth of our nation that symbolizes freedom throughout the world, the uniform of the United States Navy. More importantly, I want to thank the sailors, families and friends for the integral role you played in supporting their service to our nation. For years to come. Your sailors will look different to you. Perhaps more slender or more muscular, more poised and somewhat relieved at this part of the journey is over. While excited about their next assignment. They have demonstrated that they have the wherewithal, the stamina, the integrity, the courage and commitment of the Navy Corps values to serve honorably sailors. You are about to embark on one of the most challenging and worthwhile adventures of your life. No matter what specialty you are about to embark on. Continue the street. Accord the disciplined approach and the teamwork you have learned here. Remember that learning does not stop here but become a lifetime learner and I surmise a bright future awaits. You remember that whether in uniform or not from henceforth, you represent the United States Navy and its reputation in all that you do. You’ve taken on the responsibility of defending our nation, our democratic way of life and are now prepared for that tremendous duty you’ve earned not only our respect, but the respect of a grateful nation. Congratulations sailors. God bless you all our Navy and the United States of America who the two Admiral Haney will now receive the salute of the graduating divisions and he will be joined on the drill deck by our commanding officer. Captain Brooks. Please remain seated until your graduates have been placed on liberty. No, please join me of appreciation for the wonderful musicians of navy band, great Lakes flag post section leaders fall out and retrieve outer 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 hear this liberty.