Two complete U.S. Navy training
Navy Seaman Recruit Moises Delgado, Jr. and Navy Seaman Recruit Frank Ruiz completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, they completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
Delgado is the son of Margaret R. Jones, of Gary, and Moises Delgado, Sr., of Gary. He is a 2007 graduate of West Side High School of Gary.
Ruiz is the son of Mandy R. and Anthony M. Ruiz, of Merrillville. He is a 2012 graduate of Merrillville High School.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Deshawn T. McGowan, a 2012 graduate of Thornton Township High School, Harvey, Ill., was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
McGowan received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly "Navy" flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Two complete basic training at Fort Benning
Army Pvt. Ronald L. Steward Jr. and Army Pvt. Keenan C. Washington have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Steward is the son of Ronald Steward, of Calumet City, and LaShawn Steward, of Waukegan. He is also the nephew of Barbara Steward, of Chicago. He is a 2009 graduate of Zion Benton Township High School.
Washington is the son of Angela Washington, of East Chicago. He is a 2007 graduate of South Shore High School, Chicago.
Six complete combat training at Fort Jackson
Army Reserve Pfc. Damonyae S. Collier, Army Pvt. Angelique L. Mahome, Army Reserve Pvt. Miguel Alvarado, Army National Guard Pvt. Xavier J. Robertson, Army Reserve Pfc. Derek I. Randolph Jr. and Army National Guard Spec. Victor F. Campos have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Collier is the son of LaTanyda Anderson, of Gary. He is a 2012 graduate of Lew Wallace STEM Academy, Gary.
Mahome is the daughter of LaNetra and Al Lockett, of Gary. She is a 2011 graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
Alvarado is the son of Maria Alvarado, of Merrillville, and brother of Pablo Alvarado, of Chicago. He is a 2012 graduate of Hammond Baptist High School.
Robertson is the son of Catherine Shelton, of Richton Park. He is a 2012 graduate of Crete-Monee High School.
Randolph is the son of Lashanda Jackson, of Gary. He is a 2012 graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
Campos is the son of Agustin Campos, of Chicago.