Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

Navy Seaman Recruit Karissa Knaus, daughter of Kimberly K. Knaus of Baker City, and Kevin L. Knaus of Sutherlin, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Knaus 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. According to a Navy press release, "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."

Knaus is a 2008 graduate of Baker High School.