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GREAT LAKES, Ill. (August 20, 2015) -- Seaman Recruit Garrett M. Firestone, of Yuma, Ariz., salutes in preparation to receive the Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon during his Pass-In-Review (PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Aug. 20. The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership and commitment to the Navy Core Values. Honor Graduates earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during the PIR graduation ceremony held on most Friday during the year. No more than 3 percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates. (U.S. Navy Photo by Susan Krawczyk, RELEASED)
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (August 20, 2015) -- Seaman Recruit Garrett M. Firestone, of Yuma, Ariz., salutes in preparation to receive the Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon during his Pass-In-Review (PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Aug. 20. The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership and commitment to the Navy Core Values. Honor Graduates earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during the PIR graduation ceremony held on most Friday during the year. No more than 3 percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates. (U.S. Navy Photo by Susan Krawczyk, RELEASED)

Navy Boot Camp Recognizes Excellence

By Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans
Commander, Naval Service Training Command

Today (Thursday, Aug. 20) marks a historical day in Naval Service Training.

This afternoon, 15 Recruits from a graduating class of 709 were awarded the Navy Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (August 20, 2015) -- Seaman Recruit Joseph V. Agbingpadua, of Mission Hills, Calif., receives the first Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon during his Pass-In-Review (PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Aug. 20. The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership and commitment to the Navy Core Values. Honor Graduates earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during the PIR graduation ceremony held on most Friday during the year. No more than 3 percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates. (U.S. Navy Photo by Susan Krawczyk/RELEASED)
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (August 20, 2015) — Seaman Recruit Joseph V. Agbingpadua, of Mission Hills, Calif., receives the first Recruit Honor Graduate Ribbon during his Pass-In-Review (PIR) rehearsal in the Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Aug. 20. The Honorable Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus approved the award to recognize initial accession enlisted personnel who demonstrate superior performance throughout basic military training in the areas of academics, physical readiness, recruit leadership and commitment to the Navy Core Values. Honor Graduates earning the ribbon will be authorized to wear it during the PIR graduation ceremony held on most Friday during the year. No more than 3 percent of graduates from each training group will be designated as Honor Graduates. (U.S. Navy Photo by Susan Krawczyk/RELEASED)

Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 21), at boot camp graduation in front of family and friends, they will be the first ever Sailors to wear the ribbon.

This award recognizes excellence in Recruits who perform above the standard. No more than the top three percent in each week’s training group – those who achieve the highest performance in physical fitness, academic prowess, leadership, and commitment to the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment – are eligible for the Honor Graduate Ribbon.

It is our mission at Naval Service Training Command and Recruit Training Command to provide top-notch Sailors to the fleet and meet the demand of the 21st Century Navy.

When Honor Graduates reach the fleet, their ribbon will serve as a visible sign to peers and superiors that they have demonstrated extraordinary excellence and leadership potential during Basic Military Training and that they are capable of accelerated and increased leadership positions.

Please join me in congratulating our first Sailors who have earned the right to proudly wear the Honor Graduate Ribbon.

The first Honor Graduates are:

  • SR Jamie L. Murray
  • SR Matthew P. Jones
  • SR Brittany M. Walker
  • SR Renata Y. Choi
  • SR Carlin E. Hatcher
  • SR Richard M. Cassube Iii
  • SR Stephen E. Mcgahey
  • SR Allison A. Rivera-Medina
  • SR Garrett M. Firestone
  • SR Joseph V. Agbingpadua
  • SR Jeremy J. Cryer
  • SR Hunter D. Morrow
  • SR Bethany M. Vikowski
  • SR Timothy A. Seybold
  • SR James D. Bell Iii

Congratulations, shipmates!

Editor’s note: Watch weekly graduations here on Navy Live.

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