Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Blake A. Chekal has graduated from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.
Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.
Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Electronics Technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.
Chekal is the son of Jeffrey Chekal of Eighth Street, Belle Plaine, and Bekki Weeda of Angie Drive, Cedar Falls. His spouse, Brianna, is the daughter of Christopher and Stacey Lucas of First Street, Traer.
He is a 2011 graduate of Belle Plaine High School.