Navy Seaman Apprentice Drew A. Altenburg, son of Colleen A. and Bruce G. Grotzinger of Corpus Christi, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Altenburg completed a variety of training that 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." The 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.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley L. Keller, whose wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of Elga and Richard M. Terrazas of Corpus Christi, was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while serving as the operations, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization and safety leading petty officer assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 Detachment Two in Corpus Christi.
Keller led 16 aircrewmen in more than 149 operational and training missions, totaling 622. 7 mishap-free flight hours, 125. 8 tow hours, delivery of 498, 000 pounds of cargo and mail and 1, 271 passengers in the Fifth Fleet area of operation.
Keller managed 24 pilot and aircrew NATOPS jackets and qualifications during three amphibious mine countermeasures exercises.