NIOC Hawaii sponsors recruit training command division

Division 109 completes pass-in-review at graduation.

Lt. j.g. Crystal Cornine

NIOC Hawaii Public Affairs

NIOC Hawaii recently served as Division 109’s sponsor throughout the division’s eight weeks of training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois. From commencement to completion, Division 109 had the reinforcement and backing of the command.

During the event aboard the USS Trayer, the division was given an overall mission and faced battle stations along the way to include a maintenance evolution, mass casualty, operating the bridge and conducting lookout, egressing from a danger zone, firefighting, and several others. One of the most difficult challenges is staying awake and keeping a keen eye on your team. Battle stations is a final challenge incorporating various evolutions the recruits experienced throughout the eight weeks both individually and as a team.

Capt. Todd Gagnon, commanding officer, NIOC Hawaii, salutes, providing approval to the drill team as part of the pass-in-review at graduation. Photos by Susan Krawczyk

Following the completion of the battle stations, the sponsors were joined by Capt. Todd A. Gagnon, commanding officer, NIOC Hawaii and Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 3rd Class Michael Reeves for the congratulatory capping ceremony. Recruits of Division 109 are now official U.S. Navy Sailors and presented with ‘NAVY’ ball caps. The ceremony filled the Sailors with pride, excitement, and honor as they struggled together, learned from mistakes, overcame challenges, and triumphed in the end.

Sailors were required to remain awake throughout the day. Encouragement to press on included a phone call home, pizza for dinner that evening, and the first opportunity to talk out loud during a meal.

Gagnon served as the reviewing officer during the Pass-in-Review at RTC for all graduating divisions.

“Each of you has selflessly answered the call of duty, to serve a cause greater than yourselves,” Gagnon said.

The true triumph was heartfelt by Division 109 and all of the graduating divisions as they made the commitment and lived up to it regardless of challenges presented over the course of training.

“You’ve passed every test, triumphed over every challenge, and proven yourselves worthy of wearing the uniform that symbolizes freedom throughout the world, the uniform of the United States Navy. You’ve taken on the task of defending our great nation, and are now fully prepared for that tremendous duty and responsibility,” Gagnon said.

“Whether you stay for five years or 31, I can tell you from experience that you are about to embark on one of the most challenging adventures of your life. But I can also tell you that if you serve with honor, keep faith with your fellow shipmates, and strive for excellence in everything you do, it will also be one of the most rewarding.”

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