GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) (NNS) -- Over 635 recruits at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes participated in their Pass-In-Review (PIR) becoming basically trained Sailors Dec. 7.
Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Commanding Officer Capt. Edward Heflin spoke to the recruits about what lies ahead in their Navy career sharing his experience going through boot camp nearly 32 years ago.
“In March of 1986, over 32 years ago, I stood right where you’re standing now,” he said. “Like you, I made the choice to serve, and I can tell you from experience that today marks the beginning of an incredible journey for each of you. You will go places you’ve only dreamed of, and you will be given incredible opportunities and responsibility.”
Heflin served as the reviewing officer for the ceremony and presented awards to the top Sailors during the PIR.
Following the ceremony Heflin met individually with six Sailors who earned awards and their families to congratulate them on their accomplishments and remind them to never forget the lessons learned during boot camp.
“Congratulations Shipmates,” he said. “Each of you has selflessly answered the call to duty, the call to serve a cause greater than yourselves. You have proven yourselves worthy of wearing the cloth of our nation. You are now part of the United States Navy team; a team committed to protecting and defending our great Nation and the democratic ideals we hold dear.”
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