Navy boot camp graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, August 4, 2023.
Good morning and welcome to recruit training command. I am Captain Craig Mattingly, commander of naval service training command. I want to personally welcome you to our Navy family. What an exciting day, family, friends and shipmates. It is an honor to have you with us as we celebrate the graduation of our newest United States Navy sailors. It seems just like yesterday, I was graduating boot camp and it meant the world to me to have my family and friends sitting in the audience just like you. I want to take a moment to thank you for playing a significant role in the lives of these sailors. Your support, your encouragement and your love helped them reach this time honored tradition. As we look upon these young women and men, we see a transformation that took place over the past several weeks, they endured rigorous, physical and mental training, pushing themselves to their limits and beyond. They learned the importance of teamwork, discipline and dedication. They have become part of a proud tradition of service to our country. Each of these new sailors will play a critical role in fulfilling our Navy’s mission. They will be stationed around the world serving on ships and submarines and on aircraft, protecting our nation and our allies. Your sailor will make a positive impact on the world. They will be ambassadors of our country representing the best of what America has to offer. They will be leaders, they will be mentors and they will be role models for others to follow. As we celebrate this graduation, let us remember the sacrifices that were made to get here. Let us honor the commitment and dedication of these new sailors. And let us look forward to the bright future that lies ahead knowing that our nation is in great hands. Thank you for playing a significant role in the lives of these recruits. And I warmly welcome you to our navy family. Enjoy the ceremony and celebrate your sailor. Thank you. Yeah. As the parade of graduates approaches, we salute the nation’s territories whose sons and daughters will graduate today, Delaware, Georgia and now Massachusetts, Maryland. I know Hampshire you Carolina. Well, I am in Vermont. Lucky Tennessee. Oh, I know we get up in the air to me. Hello. OK. Missouri Arkansas basically war. I with constant California. Oh, or, and the West Virginia. No, Nebraska. All right. North Dakota, South Africa. The one fella that I know why you know me, Utah, Oklahoma, Mexico that I hold off Oscar Hawaii district of Columbia, Puerto Rico American Samoa border on the island. Us Virgin Island State flab order arms and now we invite you to join the staff from command involving the graduating divisions of your laws as they was no money to draw balls and are in the following order. Right?
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Ok. Right. Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m Lieutenant Daniel for 20 mass ceremony. I’d like to welcome you to today’s review. Today you will see nine divisions comprised of 665 sailors participating in their graduation ceremony and soon to join the most powerful navy in the world. Please draw your attention to the Union position at center deck. There is the new commander and staff. The review commander is responsible for conducting the graduation ceremony. Today’s review commander is senior recruit, Tristan Hawk from Minneapolis, Kansas. Let’s give him a hand folks performing today the state on their seventh week of training, the staff unit on their eight week of training and the threat on their 10th and final week of training. These units comprise on highly recruits during their night of arrival. Recruits replaced the division of 88 personnel as crew division standards on the back of crew training and our key individuals in our life that ever occur. Division commanders must serve counsels, disciplinarians, administrators and military leaders above all them to show themselves as outstanding examples of military barrier appearance, attitude and behavior. Each division also has the recruit chief petty officer. This senior recruits who requires the divisional staff positions and leads the division in the absence of their division commanders. Now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to introduce the graduating divisions, division commanders and the fruit. Chief petty officers. As they introduce each division, they’ll raise competitive flags they have earned throughout their training as they introduce each fruit. Chief Petty Officer, the flag represents in their home state will also be raised leads vulture applause. So all introductions have been, I’ll be starting from there, right?
Division one and 93 commanded by Chief Officer Christopher Hunter. And he also in first class, didn’t need to sell this, but he also second Flores and her chief officer Iran is Jaylen from Lancaster Pennsylvania division 19 or committed by also first thought Peter Bowen. Hey, you guys have a second class Bradney Brown. You also have second class Madison cur and they even from the little division 195 commanded by Chief Petty Officer Marcus and they also second box Lionel. They also sing class Joseph Smith and they were her Chief Petty outside Brandon and from Stockton California division 196 commanded by Chief, but he also first class Brian Coble and he also first class Richard Hall and our crew chief petty officer CNN Christopher Theodore from Oakville, Florida division 197 committed by. But he also first to the first class and then he also first class William. He and there is your pet seaman Zachary Monroe in San Diego, California division 198 recommended by Chief Officer Colin David. And he also first class Thomas and he also has second class Chris, he and there was her chief officer from Westhampton Beach, New York division 199 recommended by senior chief by the officer Jesse. Yeah, officer first class A Mozart and the answer first class Thomas Lopez and they recruit Chief petty officer apprentice from Orlando Florida division 200 by Chief Jamie. Cut off your first box, ain’t gonna win. And he also second class Trayvon and Davis and their Gucci Petty Officer sign to Princess Kenneth Callaghan from Santa Barbara, California division 934 commanded by also first class Stephanie Sierra. And then he also first class Gustavo Rodriguez. And he asked first class and their group, Chief petty Officer Airman Isaiah Harris from Columbia, South Carolina, on behalf of the commanding officer and staff of her training command. We congratulate these division commanders and our chief petty officers on a job well done in the moment. You see the ceremonial side boys boat and honor guard, take their places for arrival honors at this time. On our condition is a formal greeting this morning for you and Oxford. When requested by the announcer, please stand for arrival. Honors marching on the colors, the national anthem and the invocation. As a reminder, the military guests are remain covered throughout the entire graduation ceremony. And ladies and gentlemen, one final note as fitting the import of this occasion, our ceremonies 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. Um But yeah, no. What?
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Right. Order. Arms number here is one of the location us. Pray. Almighty God. Thank you for this moment to witness the graduation of these sailors. We gather our mark and success. It’s the accomplishments by these true sailors standing before us and they stand before you as well for their devotion, their tenacity. We give thanks. Success in this moment is due to commitment. Success is due to preparation. It’s due to execution. It’s due to reflection. However, may we not ignore the success as also due to your sovereign work of these men and women completing navy recruit training and being presented here, reminds us that success was earned. Recruits embraced all the challenges that came their way and with your help, they have grown and are lending their technical capacity and moral excellence to the fleet. We are proud that our work over the last 10 weeks. R A CS instructors, staff guided and molded these recruits and finally equipped smartly disciplined sailors and today for their families who cheered them on, may they all experience a deep measure of pride and joy in the moment. May the knowledge and experience that they have gained bring joy to all you may have set them forward in navigating new courses and getting under way, fill them with courage and wisdom. May they be confident in the face of danger?
And may they be resolute, fiercely, determined to spread freedom and democracy globally?
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Oh I, oh, all right. Last day, right. Ok. Hold on. I just good. Morning. Nice to be with you. So you so thank too. See, 84. Oh, all right. Oh, there’s sir. Well, good morning, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get another round of applause for that trip. And just in case you don’t want, that’s just a glimpse, a glimmer of the precision and excellence that our navy serves with. Good morning. I’m Captain Ken Kroeber, commanding Officer of Recruit Training Command. I’d like to welcome our family and friends attended this recruit graduates and those watching live around the world. Joining us today is our reviewing officer, Captain Mike Witherspoon of the United States Navy. I would also like to welcome all our veterans here today. Thank you for your dedicated service to our country. But all of our veterans, please stand and we give you a round of applause. Division 934 graduates today, there are providing choir drill, team and band. Please join me in giving them and eight other graduating divisions here today around applause. Some very recruit training command is committed to providing the United States Navy with basically trained physically fit and smart disciplined sailors such as those standing here. Today, these sailor Victoria have successfully completed 10 rigorous weeks of demanding recruit training and they have earned the right to wear the uniform recognized around the world as a symbol of freedom. Today’s graduates serve as the bedrock of our naval forces and will join other us navy sailors around the world to defend freedom and liberty against those who are threat. I can say with pride, this training group is greatly graduate today. Ladies and gentlemen, our 60 65 a division and the individual individual a in the division I training all blacks, all eyes and the Chief of Operations. Honor division and recognition of achievement. This degree and leadership. The division commanders, the division one. Yeah, captain, good morning, captain Simon Walker reporting Walker or high overall board during the training division one K which by the late chapter of the Illinois Society of the Son of the American revolution. Thank you, captain, good morning, Captain Hamadi reporting for academy extraordinary quality best expressing the American spirit of honor and loyalty division award is a the A league award which is sponsored by the A League of the United States. Stephen, her presented with a commemorative flag and a letter from the Oscar. Thank you, Captain. Good morning, Captain Mark. Just one. It is a one of the United Service Organization, this spirit and the word A flag from the United Service Organization. Yeah. Thank you. Captain, one of the military order of the world of performance. During the military order of the world. Captain, the military office is presented to division. Thank you guys. Good morning, Captain Erin Jonas reporting Aaron Jones Division 199 Texas is the recipient of the Day Club of the United States of America Award for best qualities of enthusiasm. Devotion to military and teamwork. This award of a Jones. So thank you, Captain. Yeah, it is appropriate to recognize individual accomplishment by three years. The will all the years that this morning I have this pleasure this morning in introducing our union officer Captain Michael Withers from the United States Navy, the N of Tuscaloosa Alabama enlisted in the United States Navy in 1986. Through this very days, he was commissioned to school in 1985. Part of the first program a with work for officer or UK auxiliary electrical officer on board us and made assistance on board us. He deployed support of numerous wartime contingency operations around the world through operation, operation, no hand operation. And and recently served as commanding officer in the joint expeditionary base for story. And uh ladies and gentlemen, please welcome me a warm recruit training command. Welcome. They couldn’t happen. Welcome to all 100 English visitors and guests and most importantly and most importantly, the family and friends of these sailors. And we, it is a great purpose for me to join you today to welcome these young men and women as the newest slavery in the world’s finest family. I thank each and every one of you because you have played a role in this process and in their success brings them right here right now. Today, for the recruits over the past few months who have all faced any challenges, you have learned to work together as a team to follow orders and to overcome. The training has included academics, physical fitness, seamanship, fire arms, fire fighting and ship war damage control. You learn about the heritage, the history and traditions of our great neighbor. I know that this journey has not been easy. There have been times when you have been tired, frustrated and homes and as you, what you have persevered today is the result of all of your hard work. All the magnificence and congratulations on your economy in October of 1986 nearly 37 years ago, I stood on these historic ground. As you heard the men and I put on this like you, I made the choice to enter the world’s greatest navy. And if I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way without hesitation. Each of you have selfishly answered the call of duty to serve a cause to regulate yourselves. You have passed every test trying over every challenge and proving yourself worthy of wearing the uniform that symbolizes freedom throughout the world, the uniform of the United States Navy, whether you stay here for five years or 37 years like myself, you have joined an exclusive fraternity to those who have chosen the path of service. I can tell you from experience that you’re about to embark on one of the most challenging adventures of your life. But I can also tell you that you serve with honor. Keep faith with your fellow shipmates and ensure for excellence in everything that it will also be one of the most rewarding you’ve chosen to serve our country at a time when it is needed the most. When America will show a strong presence throughout the world on the seas and the Scotland, you’ve taken all the tasks of defending our nation and the instructors and the staff here at our agency have done a massive job of preparing you for that tremendous duty and responsibility you have earned not only by but the respect of a grateful nation for the families. You helped shake your recruiter to a person who wanted to stand up for a to say, to understand the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment and to each and every one of you. You’re in attendance today. I simply want to say thank you and we welcome you to the Navy as well in closing, not as a navy captain, but as a fellow American, I would like to be the first to thank you all. Thank you for your service and congratulations. Thank you. So go. Yeah, four for two for me. Captain of the feet of the graduating divisions and are and in the captain put over please to get it and enter your address at the meeting on the liberty. Try. Yeah. Yeah. No. Mhm. Flash. Hello. Fall out and all sailors attending all on a school at naval station for links are advised to report back to their department as soon as possible. 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.