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Great Lakes Bulletin

Chicago club tours NSGL

Naval Station Great Lakes hosted the Chicago Union League Boys and Girls Club for an educational tour Aug. 6.

“For them, this is a way to see other young people that are fresh to the Navy and closer to their age group,” said IC2 David Krynock. “They get to see what the Navy can do for them and a few of the ratings they could choose. It’s nothing new to a lot of us but they’re fascinated with how we dress, march and eat.”

During the tour, the boys and girls club visited the different “A” schools on base, the Bluejacket Memorial chapel, and ate with sailors at the galley.

“They really enjoyed the QM “A” school,” said Krynock. “That’s one of the most interactive stops on the tour. They not only get to learn about sound-powered phones, flag hoisting, and chart plotting but actually get to perform all of those tasks.”

Arrangements for civilian youth groups can be made through the NSGL Community Outreach Office at (847) 688-3491.

“Every tour is different,” said Krynock. “We’ll ask what they want to see and then coordinate an itinerary around that. It’s best to call a month in advance and all adults will need to pass a screening to get onto base. It’s a simple background check but they’re processed in San Diego and can take up to 14 days.”

Krynock said he enjoys any opportunity to tour the base.

“I don’t have a script,” he said. “I love answering questions and hearing other people’s stories. With these young kids, they have these minds that just want to be inspired and it’s infectious.”

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