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Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

Soldier completes battlefield directive

Army Pvt. Jonathan R. Miller has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

For 9 weeks, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values, and traditions. His basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics were developed and he experienced the use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Miller is the son of John and Joy Miller of Rochelle. He is a 2011 graduate of Rochelle Township High School.

Airmen learn Air Force core values

Air Force Airman Samantha A. Albrecht and Air Force Airmen 1st Class Julian A. Montanez and Justin L. Wilmarth, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

The three completed an intensive, 8-week program that included instruction 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.

Albrecht is the daughter of Romaine and Harold Albrecht of Ohio. She is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Community High School.

Montanez is the son of Julio Montanez of Sterling. He is a 2003 graduate of Oswego High School.

Wilmarth is the son of Betty and Mike Wilmarth of Rochelle. He is a 2006 graduate of Rochelle Township High School and a 2010 graduate of Kishwaukee College in Malta.

Sailors master Battle Stations

Navy Seamen Christopher A. Bokhari, Ashley A. Haye, and Navy Seaman Jeremy T. Van Buren, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes. Bokhari graduated with honors. 

During the 8-week program, they took part in classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was 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 is designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. 

Bokhari is the son of Catherine M. Hall of Paw Paw. He is a 2010 graduate of Paw Paw High School. 

Haye is the daughter of Peggy L. Haye of Dixon. She is a 2012 graduate of Polo Community High School.

Van Buren is the son of Babette M. and Gerald G. Van Buren of Dixon. He is a 2012 graduate of Faith Christian High School in Grand Detour.

Warrior endures 54-hour Crucible

Marine Corps Pfc. Luis A. Negron earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. 

For 13 weeks, Negron stayed committed during 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 before graduation, Negron 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. 

He is the son of Antonia L. Irizarry of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Victor M. Negron, of Dixon.

Gallegos assigned to military police

Army National Guard Pvt. Christopher D. Gallegos has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. The training included basic military training and advanced individual training.

After AIT training, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations.

The trainee performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.

Gallegos is assigned to Charlie Company 787th Military Police Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood. He is the son of Lynn and Fredrick Gallegos of Rock Falls, and a 2011 graduate of Rock Falls High School.

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