Navy awards local recruit

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Seaman Cory Prestwood (center) received the Navy League of the United States Outstanding Recruit Award. Also pictured are his parents, Cynthia and Martin Prestwood of Shelbyville.
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Former Shelbyville resident Cory Prestwood has received an award after graduating from the U.S. Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Seaman Cory Prestwood, 27, won one of a handful of awards given to 859 graduates Friday, his father, Martin, said. The award is called the Navy League of the United States Outstanding Recruit Award.

He is the son of Martin and Cynthia Prestwood.

"The Outstanding Navy Recruit Award is presented to the outstanding recruit in each graduating class at the Naval Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois," according to the Navy League of the United States Awards Manual.

When Cory Prestwood was presented the award, reasons cited included outstanding qualities, loyalty, teamwork and the American spirit, his father said.

Cory Prestwood left Illinois after graduation for Pensacola, Florida, his father said. He is training to be a cryptotechnician.

The Prestwood family has lived in Shelbyville for eight years and are originally from Hendersonville. Martin Prestwood said he graduated from the same boot camp in 1982 and worked as an electronics technician in the Navy.