August 07, 2018

Duckworth Tours Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County


[GREAT LAKES, IL] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the leadership of Naval Station Great Lakes, the United States Navy’s largest training installation and only boot camp, toured the base and observed an active training exercise yesterday. Duckworth also received a briefing from the Director of the National Museum of the American Sailor, which is operated by the Navy’s Naval History & Heritage Command on their ongoing renovation and improvement project. She has previously provided letters of support for the city of North Chicago’s grant application for funds to develop the area adjacent to the museum complex. A photo of the visit is available here.

“Every naval recruit passes through Great Lakes as they train to become a Sailor and I’ll do everything I can to ensure they have the resources they need to serve our country,” said Senator Duckworth. “I’m also proud the Chicagoland area hosts a museum that preserves the history of our Navy and showcases the dedication of so many Sailors who have bravely represented our country around the world.”

The Naval Station Great Lakes includes 1,153 buildings with 39 on the National Register of Historic Places and supports over 50 commands and elements as well as over 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Defense Department employees who live and work on the installation. The National Museum of the American Sailor is one of ten Navy museums that are operated by the Naval History & Heritage Command. The institution plays a vital role in promoting Naval Heritage to the greater public by collecting and showcasing United States Naval history.