Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Tessa M. Thompson, daughter of Carolyn M. and Carl J. Thompson of Clearwater, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.
During the eight-week training program, Thompson completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship, and received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty, and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.
Thompson is a 2008 graduate of Clearwater High.
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The following military personnel completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Recruit James Pollock, son of Nathan and Verna Pollock of Clearwater. He is a 2008 graduate of Dunedin High.
Navy Seaman Recruit Phillip L. Edwards, son of Natarsha M. and stepson of Issac L. Bell of Clearwater. He is a 2008 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.
During the eight-week program, the recruits 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," an exercise which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet, and 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.