Military News 9-2-2004

Navy Seaman Ross M. Nelson

son of Rosemary P. and David M. Nelson of Prior Lake and a 2003 graduate of New Prague High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Nelson 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 in today's U.S. Navy.

Marty Johnson

a 1999 graduate of New Prague High School and son of Cindy and Ken Johnson of New Prague, has been in the Army since September, 1999. He is currently stationed in Ramadi, Iraq. He has served two years in Germany, and eight months in Kosovo, and will hopefully be home the first week in October for 30 days. His home base is Fort Riley, KS. He can be reached via email at

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