Viche completes Navy basic training, 'Battle Stations'
Navy Seaman Apprentice Raymond K. Viche, son of Phyllis C. Sage and Raymond K. Viche of Haines recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Viche 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.
Howard helps keep Iraq safe during elections
Marine Corps Pfc. Aaron D. Howard, son of Sharon Love of Juneau, and more than 2,100 Marines and sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recently joined Iraqi Security Forces to provide security for elections in Najaf, Iraq.
Howard's unit's primary mission was to sweep the city looking for suspicious activity and deter insurgents trying to disrupt voting.
Howard joined the Marine Corps in July 2003.