Navy Seaman Apprentice An Kun Liao and Navy Seaman Recruit Bianca T. Rodriguez, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Liao and Rodriguez 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. “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.
Liao is a 2011 graduate of Jupiter High School of Jupiter and the son of Fang Fang and Stephen J. Diederiks, both of Jupiter. Rodriguez is the daughter of Elsa R. Rodriguez of Port St. Lucie and a 2011 graduate of Saint Lucie West Centennial High School.
Air Force Airman Nathan A. Damico graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Damico is the son of Jahomera Damico of Palm Beach Gardens and a 2012 graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School.