Navy boot camp graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, May 26, 2023.
Yeah, dad. 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, Tax 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 one, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, us, Virgin Islands. 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 rise as we welcome today’s graduating divisions. Please welcome division 129. Yeah, division 131, division 13, division one. On today’s graduating performing unit is division 924, division 924 provides the arrival honor staff, honor guard, the recruit review, commander, adjutant and graduates who provide support 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 it to 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. Oh, raid rest, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m Lieutenant Daniel Alcorn, crew training commands, master of ceremonies. I’d like to welcome you to today’s past interview. Today, you will see five divisions comprised of 317 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 Seaman Malos Napoleon from San Diego, California. Let’s give him a hand performing. Today is a triple threat unit on their eighth week of training, the state flags unit on the ninth week of training and the staff unit on their 10th and final week of training. These units are comprised entirely of recruits during the night of arrival. Recruits are placed in the 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 and leads the position, leads the division in the absence of their division commanders. Now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the graduating divisions. The division commanders and recruit chief petty officers. As they introduce each division, they’ll raise the competitive flag that they have earned throughout their training. As I introduce each of your 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 129, commanded by Chief petty Officer Alfredo Baez petty Officer, first class John Hosie Petty Officer, second class John Bartlett petty Officer, second class Jacob and their crew. Chief petty Officer Fireman Tyler Mennen from Bryan Ohio division 131 commanded by Chief petty Officer Mary Damani petty Officer, first class Yanique Hudson petty Officer, second class Tyree sp and the recruit chief petty officer Seaman crew. Jaylen Lee from Columbus, Ohio division 133, commanded by Chief petty Officer Matthew Arnold petty Officer, first class Frankie Dan Ridge petty officer second class Woodrow Baker and their chief petty officer, seaman apprentice Ezekiel Du from Alexandria, Louisiana division 134 commanded by petty officer, first class Derek Drummond petty officer, first class Bobby Schuler petty officer, second class Sierra Morris and their crew chief petty officer Sean Recruit, Josiah Sanchez from Los Angeles California division 924, commanded by Chief petty Officer, Terence Carter Petty Officer, first class Caitlin petty Officer, second class Noah met and the recruit chief petty officer Seaman Moloi Napoleon from San Diego, California. 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, 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 rival honors marching onto the colors, 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 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 of them You are once again. Welcome aboard. Right, dude. Yeah. Will the guest please rise and remain standing for the arrival of the official party?
Yeah, recruit training command arriving. Hold on. Oh, the honorable Mr. Tano, a writer. The guest may be seated. Yes, good morning, sir, sir. Thank you for your inspection comments. So color will the guest please rise free and arms you or oh, retire priest and arms or arms chaplain hickle will now offer this warnings and vocation. Let us pray almighty everliving God. We pause to recognize the veterans of the military and the intelligence services among us who have born witness to the many sacrifices that we have been made on behalf of a grateful nation. May they continue to be a shiny example to our new graduates?
Our recruits, drill commanders have formed future sailors working tirelessly to shape men and women into future war fighters operating in the interest of peace grant. Our R D CS rest in peace to their families above all. Today, we give you thanks for guiding your sons and daughters, helping them persevere to graduation. We pray for them to receive patience, perseverance and every virtue of leadership that they may continue in their labors serving the nation with honor, courage and commitment. My Lord beat for them, shade in the sun, cover in the rain, rest when one travels and always bring them back safely to home court. I invoke your spirit upon this graduation class that you may protect and preserve the class. Always with your mercy and peace. We ask this in your holy name. Amen. Yeah, how 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 a bout and relay the information to their divisions. Today’s events show how orders are passed through the chain of command report. Very well, Very well, very well, very well. I to very well all the business account for sir. Very well. No, it’s not three oh, I was supporting. Yeah, last year. Oh, good morning, captain, I present the graduating divisions. Request permission to commence the review. Very well to commence the review. I I so oh yeah. What, what, what?
Very well, good morning. I’m Captain Kfor Brooks commanding officer or 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 r reviewing officer, the honorable Mark Takano representing the 39th district of California. Our guest of honor, Commander Terry N Trawick, executive Officer of Naval Station, Great Lakes. I would also like to acknowledge two Navy ghost star families that are with us today. Uh The Kennedy family and the Palmer family, uh Navy Ghost Star family is the immediate family members of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict. So if you would please join me in recognizing the Palmer and Kennedy family and thank them for their sacrifice. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the representatives of Navy cargo handling Battalion One as the fleet sponsor of division 134, fleet sponsors provide valuable mentorship and motivation to our future sailors while they are training at 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 time at recruit training command. I would also like to welcome all of 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 924 graduates. Today, they are the support staff unit providing arrival honor, staff, honor guard, recruit review, Commander, Adjutant and support staff for today’s ceremony. Please join me in giving them and the five other graduating divisions here today, a round of applause for their outstanding performances. This is where our navy heritage faced a 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 the demand in 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 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 ladies and gentlemen, I present to you 317 of the newest and sharpest sailors in the United States Navy. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, you may 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 five mission areas, academic achievement, military drill, compartment, readiness, applications and physical fitness. These flags are carried as a visible symbol of the division’s success. Each flag indicates that your singers individually and as teams met performance standards in one or 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 134 has earned this honor today and we congratulate them on a job exceptionally. Oh, what right. The honorable Mr. Takano 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, Commander. Good morning, Captain Francis Martin reporting for achieving the highest overall academic score during recruit training. Seaman apprentice M Kenneth Martin division 134 from Orange Texas has earned the academic excellence award which is sponsored by the Lake Defiance Chapter of the Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Seaman apprentice Martin receives a letter of commendation from the commanding officer. Well done sailor. Thank you, sir. Good morning commander. Thank you commander. Good morning. And recording for having displayed extraordinary qualities, best expressing the American spirit of honor, initiative and loyalty, construction men. Apprentice David Hutchinson division 134 from Tampa Florida is awarded the Navy League Award, which is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States Construction Men. Apprentice Hutchinson is presented with a commemorative plaque and a letter of accommodation from our commanding officer. Well done sailor. Good morning man. Morning captain reporting seaman Jordan MacGyver Locklear division 924 from Robinson County, North Carolina is the winner of the United Service Organization Award for best exemplifying the spirit and intent of the word ship mate. Seaman MacGyver Locklear is given a commemorative plaque from the United Service Organization. Well done sailor, sir. Yes, morning command. Thank you command. Morning Captain Iron Man report, Fireman Tyler Manning Division 129 from Brian Ohio is the recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars Award of Merit. This award is presented for Mar To’s performance during recruit training. Fireman Manning is presented with a commemorative plaque from the military order of the World Wars. Well done sailor, morning commander, thanks man, good morning, Captain Steve the boy in reporting. It is our pleasure to recognize the review commander for today’s ceremony and the recipient of the Military Officers Association Leadership award, Seaman Maloy Napoleon Division 924 from San Diego, California. Throughout his training, Seaman Napoleon has exhibited great pride in naval service and has consistently demonstrated his potential as an effective leaper. He has maintained our highest standard of personal appearance and displayed the excellent military bearing and command voice. He is awarded a letter of accommodation from our commanding officer. Well done sailor. Thanks, good morning command. Thank you command. Good morning captain Steven Rogers reporting seaman Anthony Gamarra Division 134 from San Diego, California 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 him at the pinnacle of today’s newest sailors. He is award a flag gutter accommodation, seaman Gambari, the staff of recruit training command salutes you as the finest of this group of graduates. Well done sailor morning. Thank you. It is appropriate to recognize such outstanding individual accomplishments by these sailors with a round of three cheers. The adjutant will lead all graduating divisions and three cheers for this morning’s award winners. Yep. Yep. Ok. I have the distinct pleasure this morning of introducing our reviewing officer, the honorable Mark Takano representing the 39th district of California and the US House of Representatives. A native of Riverside California congressman. Takano has represented the people of Riverside Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Paris and the United States House of Representatives since 2012. He serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and as a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me to warmer training command. Welcome to Congressman Takano. Good morning. And thank you, Captain Brooks for your introduction. Again. I am Mark Takano representative from California and ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. It is an honor and a great privilege to be here with you today to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of these young men and women as we welcome them as sailors into the world’s finest, the sailors we are here celebrating today are at the beginning of their careers in the navy. Some of them will spend decades in service and retire with a uniform covered in commendations and some will serve just for a short time. But every single one of them and every other person in uniform here today will someday be a veteran and that is where I come in in my role as ranking member. It is my solemn duty to ensure Congress delivers the support and care veterans and their families need and deserve when their service is over, irrespective of how long that lasts. And you have my promise as I stand before you today, that America’s veterans past, present and future will be taken care of. But let us focus on the here and now. And you, the youngest sailors before us today, you have made the decision to join the millions of civilians who have passed through the confines of naval station, Great Lakes over the last century. But we should not let those numbers diminish your accomplishment. You have earned the distinction of being part of something that is bigger than yourselves. And to you, the graduates, I will say and do say there may be those among you who are anxious or uncertain about what will come next and perhaps you are wondering, what did I get myself into?
Yeah, that is an understandable question. You may be asking yourself at this time in your life, but please know that you have gotten yourself into something noble and worthy serving your country. Everyone here is certainly familiar with the famous quote from a navy man, President John F Kennedy. And he said, I quote, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country, you are answering that question in real time. You are putting yourself, you are putting service above self. You are defending our way of life from those who would do us harm. You are sacrificing your own personal liberties and comforts to be part of something bigger. There is another John F Kennedy quote that is less familiar but also fitting for today’s event. And he said, I can imagine no more rewarding a career and any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction. I served in the United States Navy sailors. That is the compliment you are joining today. That is the pride and respect the uniform you are donning today, both in skills and commands and it is the legacy you are inheriting and contributing to the recruit division commanders, instructors and staff at RTC have taken on the unique and honorable challenge of shaping recruits into the finest American sailors, maintaining the Navy’s high standings. Everyone please join me in thanking them for their dedication as well. Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the families and friends of the sailors graduating here today for the integral role that you play. You have helped shape these men and women into people who want to serve their country and who understand the Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment. Thank you for your sacrifice. So your sailor can serve sailors. You are about to embark on one of the most challenging adventures of your life. You’ve chosen to serve your country at a time when it is needed. Most as President George Washington said, and I quote, it follows then as certain as the night succeeds the day that without a decisive naval force, we can do nothing definitive. And with it, everything honorable and glorious America must continue to show a strong presence throughout the world. And the United States Navy is the strongest projection of force this nation has. So I say to you that you have made a commendable choice and are now prepared for that tremendous day. You have earned not only my respect but also the respect of a grateful nation. So, on behalf of the United States House of Representatives, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the American people. Congratulations sailors and I bid you fair whims and following scenes. Thank you. Yeah, who the the honorable Mr. Takano 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. Please join me in one more round of appreciation for our wonderful musicians of navy band, great links, flags, post section leaders fall out and retrieve outer garments. Yes, thanks again to each and every one of you for joining us on this most memorable of Navy days. And without further ado now hear this liberty, liberty call fall out.