Ridgeland High Graduate Completes Navy Basic Training

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Navy Seaman Apprentice Collin A. Pilkinton, son of James F. and Bobbie D. Pilkinton of Rossville, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Pilkinton 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, said officials.  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.

Pilkinton is a 2013 graduate of Ridgeland High School.


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