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Tempe Resident Graduates from U.S. Naval Academy
Fleet Hometown News Center
June 5, 2014, (FHTNC)- Navy Ensign Mark S. Atkins, son of Stephen W. and Debra D. Atkins, of Temple, Ariz., recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and was commissioned to his current rank.
Graduation and commissioning is the culmination of a rigorous four year program of intense academic, military and physical training designed to produce combat leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps. In the Naval Academy's Class of 2014, 1068 Midshipmen graduated of which 784 Sailors were commissioned as Navy Ensigns and 265 Marines were commissioned as Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenants.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a four-year military service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the Naval service. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. In addition to a rigorous academic program, they also study subjects like leadership, ethics, small arms, military drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering, weapons and military law. Midshipmen also train at naval bases and on ships in the fleet every summer. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and will go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.
Atkins is a 2009 graduate of Corona Del Sol High School, Temple, Ariz.