Navy Seaman Recruit Brian Bailey Jr. recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Bailey completed a variety of training exercises, 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." 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.

Bailey is a 2010 graduate of Calallen High School.

He is the son of Brian Bailey Sr. of Corpus Christi.

Navy Capt. Charles R. Michalk, son of Charles W. Michalk, of Bishop, Texas, was recently designated a Naval Aviator while serving with Helicopter Training Squadron Eight, Milton, Fla.

Michalk was presented with the coveted "Wings of Gold, " marking the culmination of months of flight training.

Michalk followed a training curriculum that included basic studies in engineering and navigation, training flights in simulators, aircraft familiarizations, basic and advanced instrument training, extended navigation flights, and landings and takeoffs aboard an aircraft carrier.

Michalk is a 1999 graduate of Bishop High School. He joined the Navy in June 1999.