GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) Rear Adm. David Gale participated in Recruit Training Command (RTC) Division 312's commissioning ceremony July 8 in Great Lakes, Ill.
During the commissioning, Gale presented the recruits with a CNRMC command flag to signify his sponsorship of the division.
"Sponsorship provides Recruits an opportunity to interact with Navy leaders and better understand the ways in which their lessons in military bearing and leadership will help them successfully transition to the fleet and provide them with guidance intended to support some of their earliest career development choices," said Gale.
"As their sponsor, I was humbly reminded of the immense leadership responsibilities inherent at every rank and in every position we hold during the course of our naval careers. To stand before that fine group of young Recruits, who are optimistic about their future and motivated by their desire to perform well, was an absolute pleasure," said Gale.
During his visit, the division's leading chief petty officer, Senior Chief Gunner's Mate Jeremy Fager, and the lead recruit division chief, Chief Personnel Specialist Frances Johnson, provided Gale with background on recent changes in the boot camp program and led him on a tour of the RTC facility.
During his tour, Gale had lunch with the division's 88 recruits, presented them with his command flag, and discussed with them the importance of leadership and learning and adhering to the fundamental rules, or "basics," of their jobs.
Gale then spent time answering a wide variety of question from recruits.
"Their questions ranged in nature from teamwork, to the challenges that exist at different levels of responsibility, and probably most poignant among them, a question about integrity," said Gale.
"I was extremely impressed by their focus and enthusiasm," said Gale. "They are dedicated and want to do well. It was obvious from their questions they are a forward thinking group of leaders."
For more information about Recruit Training Command, visit http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/.
For more information about Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center, visit www.navsea.navy.mil/CNRMC or www.navy.mil/local/cnrmc/.