Military briefs

2012-12-30T20:15:00Z Military briefs

Gary completes basic training

Air Force Airman Frank Gary Jr. 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.

Gary is the son of Frank Gary Sr., of Olympia Fields. He is a 2010 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Eaton returns from Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Cameron Drew Eaton was in Afghanistan from March to Nov. 20. He is back at Fort Carson. He graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, AIT at Fort Gordon. He graduated from Portage High School in 2011. He is married to Taylor Eaton.

Zikas promoted

Bradley J. Zikas was promoted to the rank of senior master sergeant on Jan. 1. He is the son of Donald J. Zikas and Dorothy Kostecka. He is the squadron superintendent with the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Zikas graduated from Lake Central High School in 1995 and is from Crown Point.

He was a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy this month.

Dunlap promoted

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jovan L. Dunlap, son of Marlene Y. and Brandon C. Stubbs, of Merrillville, was promoted to his rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.

Dunlap received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, 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.

Dunlap is a 2011 graduate of Merrillville High School.

Barton completes course

Marine Corps Pfc. Ashley D. Barton, a 2011 graduate of Portage High School, completed Aircraft Maintenance Administration Course while assigned to Naval Air Station, Meridian, Miss.

Barton's initial training was a compilation of maintaining aircraft log books, naval aircraft maintenance publications, files and prepare reports, logs records, directives, and correspondence in an aircraft maintenance and repair activity.

Students are also required to set up, operate and perform minor maintenance on Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System hardware and its associated remote peripheral subsystems.

Barton joined the Marine Corps in February 2012.

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