Constructionman Darco D. Tolliver, son of Rhonda L. Tolliver of Nashville, Tenn., and Anthony J. Lofton of Danville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Tolliver 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 also was 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, flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Tolliver is a 2004 graduate of Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville.
Lt. John R. Reinertson, son of Karen Snead-White of Sheffield, Ala., and Russell H. Reinertson of Harrodsburg, and his fellow shipmates recently completed a series of sea trials while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
The sea trials ended a four month ship's restricted availability for Reinertson's unit. The sea trials ensured Kitty Hawk can maneuver and maintain high speeds. The ship also tested many of it's self-defense systems.
Carriers like the Kitty Hawk are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Reinertson is a 1989 graduate of Mosinee High School of Mosinee, Wis., and joined the Navy in April 1990. He is a graduate of State University of New York in Albany, with a bachelor's degree and a graduate of Naval War College, Newport, R.I., with a master's degree.
Airman Neal A. Smock has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Ed Smock of Danville and Gwen Patrick of Junction City. Smock is a 2004 graduate of Boyle County High School.