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Ryan Brett

Air Force Airman Ryan D. Brett recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Brett is the son of Joyce and William Brett, of Robinson.

He is a 2013 graduate of United Junior/Senior High School.

Brett 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.

Tyler J. Szalankiewicz

Navy Seaman Tyler J. Szalankiewicz, son of Joseph K. and Diane L. Szalankiewicz, of Shelocta, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Szalankiewicz is a 2011 graduate of Elderton High School.

During the eight-week program, Szalankiewicz completed a variety of training that 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.

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