Hayfield man completes Navy’s basic training

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, September 10, 2011

Navy Fireman Robert C. DeWitte, son of Mary J. and Charles J. DeWitte of Hayfield, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, DeWitte 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.

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DeWitte is a 2011 graduate of Hayfield High School.