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Clayton Teens Graduate from Recruit Training

JONESBORO — Navy Seaman Dishawnté C. Williams, daughter of Veronica A. Williams of Jonesboro, and Julius D. Williams, of Jacksonville, Fla., was recently promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Williams received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training 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. “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.

Williams is a 2012 graduate of Lovejoy High School.


RIVERDALE — Marine Corps Pvt. Kendrick C. Lewis, son of Rhonda Howard of Riverdale, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Lewis stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Lewis endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Lewis is a 2012 graduate of Langston Hughes High School of Fairburn.