Three complete Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Apprentice Elise T. Butterfield, granddaughter of Billy Butterfield, of Valparaiso, Navy Seaman Recruit Brittany S. McClain, daughter of Crystal M. and stepdaughter of Gregory Griffin, of Steger, and Navy Seaman Jose M. Romo, son of Kimberly A. Salazar, of New Lenox, and Jose M. Romo, of Hobart, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.
During the eight-week program, they completed a variety of training which 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.
Butterfield is a 2008 graduate of Zapata High School of Zapata, Texas.
McClain is a 2008 graduate of Hyde Park High School of Chicago.
Romo is a 2010 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School of New Lenox.
Rhoads completes recruit training
Marine Corps Pvt. Grace H. Rhoads, a 2005 graduate of Kouts High School, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
For 13 weeks, Rhoads stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Rhoads endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Jennings graduates from basic training
Air Force Airman Anthony M. Jennings graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Jennings is the son of John Jennings and Debra Harris of Hammond. He is a 2011 graduate of Donald E. Gavit High School.
Russell completes training
Army National Guard Pvt. Joshua T. Russell has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Russell is the son of Scott and Ave Russell, of Gary, and Tonya Russell, of Lowell.
Henderson participated in Cadet program
Oliver P. Henderson is an Army ROTC cadet involved in Cadet Language and Cultural Immersion Training -- their first training deployment as a cadet. After a weeklong training session at Fort Knox, Ky., the cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local cultures and languages. The cadets will spend three weeks involved in assisting with current Army missions that range from helping build community projects to teaching English to local children.
Henderson is a student at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
He is the son of Cindy and Bjarne Henderson, of Valparaiso. He is the grandson of Mae Ann Henderson, of Valparaiso, and Carol Ruff, of South Bend.