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Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Airmen complete training program

Air Force Airmen William J. Robinson III, Eric W. Symons, and Victoria L. Cox, and Air National Guard Airman Steven M. Ketcham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

Robinson is the son of Edna Robinson of Chula Vista, Calif., and William Robinson of Byron. He is a 2005 graduate of Castle Park High School in Chula Vista.

Symons is the son of Brian Symons of Oregon. He is a 2010 graduate of Oregon High School.

Cox is the daughter of Elizabeth Ogrady of Casselberry, Fla., and the granddaughter of Lou Ann Cox of Sterling. She is a 2013 graduate of Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla.

Ketcham is the son of Brian Ketcham of Sublette. He is a 2012 graduate of Amboy High School.

The airmen completed an intensive, 8-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.

Soldier completes chaplain course

Army Spec. Devon W. Buse has completed the Chaplain Assistant Advanced Individual Training course at the Chaplain School at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

The course emphasized religious support, development of interpersonal skills, and unit ministry support to soldiers and family members. The support training provided services in a battlefield environment and battle fatigue casualty care.

Religious support classes instructed students to prepare altars for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox services, and stressed the importance of being knowledgeable of all faith groups represented in the Army.

Buse is the son of Pamela Gaskill and Donald Buse, both of Mount Morris. He is a 2006 graduate of Oregon High School and a 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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