Military briefs

2013-09-21T17:15:00Z 2013-09-21T22:17:08Z Military briefs
September 21, 2013 5:15 pm  • 

Four complete basic training

Air Force Airman Jeremy L. Harper, Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan L. Ball, Air Force Airman Alicia D. Johnson and Air Force Airman Jordan J. Hennessey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen 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.

Harper is the son of Pamela Harper, of Chicago Heights, Ill., and grandson of Lillie Davis, of Homewood, Ill. He is a 2010 graduate of Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Ball earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Lonnie Ball, of South Holland.

Johnson is the daughter of Antoinette Johnson, of Dolton, and niece of Willa Jones, of Chicago. She is a 2011 graduate of Rich South High School, Richton Park.

Hennessey is the son of Richard and Kathryn Hennessey, of Whiting. He is a 2011 graduate of Whiting High School.


Three complete basic combat training

Army Pvt. Charles J. Holmes, Army Reserve Pvt. Cecelia R. Richardson and Army National Guard Pvt. Trea L. Colon have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Holmes is the son of Willis and Brenda Holmes, of Gary. He is a 2010 graduate of Lew Wallace High School.

Richardson is the daughter of Almeda and Larry Williams, of Chicago Heights. She is a 2011 graduate of Bloom High School, Chicago Heights.

Colon is a 2010 graduate of Highland High School.


Calderon graduates from training course

Army Cadet Gioconda I. Calderon has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating "hands-on" training. The training develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students, and helps improve the cadets' self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decision making and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, Warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

Calderon is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the daughter of Elsa Bazan Calderon, of Harvey. Calderon graduated in 2009 from Hillcrest High School, Country Club Hills.


Young completes infantry training

Army National Guard Pvt. Michael O. Young 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. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Young is the son of Stephanie Woodall-Wilson, of Hammond. He is the nephew of Ursula Berryhill, of Calumet City. He is a 2010 graduate of Morton Senior High School.

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