Being named in the Top 10 in any organization is quite an accomplishment.
But finishing second out of a class of 979, and the chief motivation is the protection of the nation, that is an even greater accomplishment.
Sherwood native George Herring graduated with honors in February from Navy Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Ill.
Out of 979 graduates, he was one of six individuals to receive an award. His final ranking was second.
“He made Arkansas proud – while the award was being presented, the Arkansas Flag was ‘held high’ in his honor,” said his mother, Annette Delgado, of Sherwood.
He is a graduate of Abundant Life School in Sherwood and was a basketball standout at the school.
Herring earlier this year received letters from the Navy about his commendable service.
“I am pleased to inform you that Seaman Recruit George L. Harring, USN, Division 083, has been selected to receive an award,” wrote Navy Commander M.D. Blankenship. “Awards are presented to graduating sailors whose performance of duty during the training period has been outstanding.”
Blankenship’s letter to the family continues, “I am sure this selection gives you a feeling of personal pride and satisfaction. I congratulate you and your sailor’s accomplishments.”
Herring also received a letter of commendation himself for his outstanding performance.
“By virtue of your superior performance of duty, you have been selected to receive the Navy League Award,” wrote Navy Officer John T. Dye to Herring. “This award is presented to the graduating recruit whose meritorious performance in recruit training demonstrates exceptional professionalism, maturity, integrity, and leadership,” reads Harring’s letter. “While at Recruit Training Command, you demonstrated exceptional tenacity, insight, motiviation, and leadership beyond those expected of a recruit trainee. Your performance was marked by pride and patriotism and indicates impressive potential for future leadership in the United States Navy.”
Dye’s letter continues, “I take great pleasure in commending you for your fine performance of duty. Your efforts and accomplishments during recruit training have earned the admiration and respect of the officers and staff at Recruit Training Command. Well done!”