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Naval Station Great Lakes is celebrating its Centennial this year.

Great Lakes: Celebrating 100 Years of Welcoming Navy Recruits

The following blog post is by Mr. John Sheppard, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes.

100302-N-9818V-039 GREAT LAKES, Ill. (March 2, 2010) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West visits Naval Service Training Command headquarters during his visit to Naval Station Great Lakes. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)

Naval Station Great Lakes is celebrating its Centennial this year. We opened our doors on July 1, 1911, and since that time 3.5 million recruits have made the transition from civilian to Sailor here. For a listing of upcoming Centennial events, log on to the Naval Station Great Lakes Facebook site and click on the Events tab. Our Centennial events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Naval Station Great Lakes, home to Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, is based in Lake County, Illinois. Lake County is midway between Chicago and Milwaukee.

The closest airports to Naval Station Great Lakes are O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Another alternative is Midway International Airport, which is 46 miles south of Great Lakes in Chicago.

After the graduation, we encourage you to visit the Great Lakes Naval Museum, which showcases the history of the Navy in the Midwest, with a special emphasis on recruit training. The museum is located next to our main gate at 610 Farragut Ave, Great Lakes IL 60088.

Getting to downtown Chicago is easy by train, as the train station connecting Great Lakes to Chicago is located a stone’s throw away from USS Midway Drill Hall, where our weekly recruit graduations happen.

Our Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department offers discounted tickets to many attractions in Chicago… including sporting events, live entertainment, museums and more. Call them at 847-688-3537 for more information.

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