U.S. Navy Seaman Ashlynn N. Fries, daughter of Brandon J. and Amy D. Fries of Plainfield, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. She was promoted to her current rank upon graduation.
Fries received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. The training 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,” an exercise designed to give 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.
Fries is a 2013 graduate of Plainfield High School.