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Three complete Air Force training

Area airmen graduate from eight-week program

SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Airman 1st Class Devin V. Bruce, Air Force Airman 1st Class Chloe R. Brainard and Air Force Airman Monte McNall graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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.

Bruce is the son of Virgil Stacy III of Douglas Street, Morris, and Dino Corsetti of Manhattan, Ill. He is a 2010 graduate of Newark Community High School.

Brainard, the daughter of William and Rebecca Brainard of Fulton Street, Wilmington, is a 2010 graduate of Wilmington High School. She earned an associate degree in 2012 from Joliet Junior College.

McNall, the son of Kerri and Monte McNall of River Lane, Ottawa, is a 2011 graduate of Ottawa Township High School.

Runchey finishes Army basic training

Army Pvt. Joshua E. Runchey 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.

Runchey, the son of Terry Runchey of Erin Lane, Morris, is a 2011 graduate of Morris Community High School.

Lopez completes ROTC leadership training

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Army Cadet Jackie L. Lopez has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 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.

Lopez, a 2009 graduate of Wilmington High School, is a student at Northern Illinois University. She is the daughter of Catherine Hanson and granddaughter of Robert Bradbury of Hintze Road, Wilmington.

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