Navy Seaman Apprentice Blayne Cowley, son of Shanna Kaper of Marion and Michael Cowley of St. Robert, Mo., was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Blayne Cowley, son of Shanna Kaper of Marion and Michael Cowley of St. Robert, Mo., was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.


Cowley received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.


Cowley is a 2009 graduate of Marion High School.