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Sea Cadets graduate from recruit training

LAKEWOOD — It was a proud day for seven Sea Cadets and three Navy League Cadets of the Kitsap Battalion who all successfully graduated last Sunday from recruit training or “boot camp” at Fort Lewis.

Making the grade were Peter J. Gorak, Joseph D. Gorak, John L. Munyan, Kristi L. Munyan, Kimberly M. Sison, Octtavale J. Wilmouth and Kenneth D. Hodgson.

Three local senior cadet drill instructors (Chief Thomas J. Gorak, Chief Dustin Risko and PO1 James Teeters) and three cadet support staff (PO3 Nicole Corbett, SN Mason Athie and SN Joan Hodgson) also participated in the two-week training.

Now that the seven have passed recruit training they can now participate in advanced training which includes medical training, master of arms and scuba training. The Navy League Cadet Corps are for younger cadets ages 10 to 13. Now that the three Navy League graduates have conquered training they too can advance in their program.

“They all did a phenomenal job,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ted Smith of Naval Sea Cadet Corps. “This is my fifth boot camp and this was the best group ever.”

The entire group consisted of 92 cadets from all over the country and Canada. The Kitsap Battalion participants shared the training grounds at Fort Lewis with cadets from Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and from other regions of Washington. Peter J. Gorak of the Kitsap Battalion received recognition as the top cadet in his platoon.

Boot camp training consisted of rifle training at a simulator field, firefighting, swimming qualifications, military history, drills, knot tying, damage control and plenty of physical training including a 12-mile march.

“I like living a military life and being surrounded by people with similar interests,” said 14-year-old Mason Athie, one of the three support staff cadets.

Athie already graduated from recruit training last year while living on Guam. As a member of the support staff at the recruit training at Fort Lewis, it was his job to make sure everyone received the supplies they needed. Nicole Corbett, a 17-year-old who attends Olympic High School, also was one of the cadet staff and compares recruit training with the saying “a few minutes of pain leads to a lifetime of pride.”

The Kitsap Battalion has a total of 30 cadets and 10 officers and continues to grow. Their drills are held every other Saturday at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor at the Reserve Center located outside the main gates. They are a Seabee related battalion. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17, (18 and older may be officers or instructors) male and female can join the Kitsap Battalion which also has use of a 56-foot former Army oceanographic survey vessel. For information on the Kitsap Battalion visit www.kitsapbattalion.org.

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