Navy Seaman Recruit Austin J. Soules, son of Sandra D. Soules of Kennard, Texas and James A. Soules, of Vevay, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Soules 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 is designed to galvanize the basic 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.

Soules is a 2012 graduate of Kennard High School of Kennard, Texas.