Airman Apprentice DeShard M. Wilkins graduated Sept. 19 from Navy Basic Training at Great Lakes, Chicago, Ill., earning four college credits toward an Associates Degree in the U.S. Navy.
During the eight-week program, Wilkins 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.
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.
Wilkins is a 2009 graduate of Knightdale High School.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Frederick K. Bouton has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Tx..
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Bouton is the son of Vicki K. Bouton of Wendell. He is a 2010 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School.
Bryan Joseph Parker completed Navy Boot Camp April 4 in Chicago. He is currently in San Diego, Calif., training to be a mineman for the Navy. Duties at sea will include testing, assembling and maintaining underwater explosive devices. Parker is a 2013 graduate of East Wake High.