It is with great pride and honor that Tommy and Lori Coger, of Elkins, announce the graduation of their son, Devin A. Coger, of Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Coger answered the call to serve his country like his grandfather, Iate Larry G. Bodnar, who was an E-4 in the US military.
Coger graduated from Navy Basic Training as an Aviation Ordnanceman. While there, he attended a variety of training courses that included classroom studies and hands-on lessons in naval customs, first aid, firefighting, boating safety and survival, as well as safety on board. ships and aircraft.
Emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Coger received the National Defense Medal and Ribbon as well as the Sniper Marksmanship Medal and Ribbon.
The flagship event of the bootcamp is “BattleStations 2L.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to be successful in the fleet. “BattleStations 2L” 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 core values ââof honor , courage and commitment. It is distinctly “Marine” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Coger will continue his studies in the Navy in Pensacola, Florida, after which he will be assigned to a ship. He is the brother of Tommy (TJ) Coger Jr. and wife, Mandi, of Elkins; and the grandson of Teri and Neil Chenoweth of Elkins and Gerald and Hallie Coger of Beverly.
Coger graduated from EIkins High School with the Class of 2019.