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Claxton completes Navy basic training

POSTED: December 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Seaman Michael Claxton

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Navy Seaman Michael C. Claxton, son of Andrew and Dorothy Claxton of Rincon recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Claxton completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, 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 key skills and confidence they need to graduate and take to the fleet. “Battle stations” has been 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.  

Claxton will be attending A School at Corey Station to earn his degree in information technology. He is a 2007 graduate of South Effingham High School.

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