2009-04-17 / Community

Edwin A. Ortiz Completes Basic Training

Navy Seaman Edwin A. Ortiz, son of Juana and Juan Ortiz of Far Rockaway, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, and Illinois.

During the eight-week program, Ortiz 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.

Ortiz is a 2002 graduate of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School of Brooklyn, New York. He is also a 2006 graduate of St. John's University, Jamaica, New York, with a BA degree.

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