Rivera completes basic training
Army Reserve Pfc. Jonathan D. Rivera has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.
Rivera is the son of Reinaldo and Maria Rivera, of Chicago.
He is a 2012 graduate of Carver Military Academy, Chicago.
McGee becomes Marine
Marine Corps Pvt. Xia D. McGee, a 2007 graduate of Thornwood High School, South Holland, Ill., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
For 13 weeks, McGee 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, McGee 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.
Penman graduates from candidate school
Army Warrant Officer 1 Jacob B. Penman has graduated from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala.
The course is designed to certify warrant officers as technically and tactically competent to serve as warrant officers in designated career specialties. The officer must successfully complete the course prior to being appointed to the rank of warrant officer one. The primary focus of the school is military occupational specialty specific, augmented with common-core subjects as designated by a Task Site Selection Board and monitored by the Warrant Officer Career Center.
The course also prepares newly appointed officers for their first duty assignments and all subsequent assignments as warrant officers and chief warrant officers in the active Army, National Guard or Reserve.
Penman is a traffic analysis technician assigned to 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. He has served in the military for 12 years.
He is the son of William and Vicki Penman, of Lowell. His wife, Michelle, is the daughter of Debbie Dykstra, of Chicago.
The warrant officer is a 1999 graduate of Lowell Senior High School.
Stasi completes U.S. Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Raymond L. Stasi, son of Marian O'Quinn of Hobart, Ind. and Glen A. Stasi, of Highland, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Stasi 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.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Stasi is a 2007 graduate of Highland High School. He is a 2012 graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, with a BS degree.
Walker completes basic combat training
Marine Corps Pvt. Brian J. Walker, son of Michele Walker, of Portage, and Roy L. Walker, of Matteson, Ill., graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
During the five-week course, Walker received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Walker also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Walker is a 2011 graduate of Portage High School, and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in August 2012.