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NAS KEFLAVIK, Iceland — Sailors from NAS Keflavik returned to Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., last month. But this time, they went as mentors, not recruits.

Capt. Dean Kiyohara, commanding officer of NAS Keflavik, along with senior personnel within the command, visited the training center to officially commission 80 recruits.

“It’s really a good opportunity,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Keith Kramer, the command career counselor in Iceland and one of the people involved in the program.

“We get to send some of our people back to boot camp who may not have been back to see the training the recruits receive or the graduation requirements they must meet now.”

He added that the training is different now compared to what most of the base’s senior leadership received in boot camp.

“I think the training is more in depth now,” Kramer said. “Recruits of today learn about many more topics, from the Thrift Savings Plan to anti-terrorism.”

During their visits, senior leaders not only offer advice but also serve as a link to the fleet, Kramer said.

“It allows the recruits to speak with sailors who have risen through the ranks after going through a similar program,” he said.

The progress of the current recruits will be followed closely by leaders at NAS Keflavik until the recruits become sailors and join their commands.

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