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on September 09, 2013 10:40 AM


Air Force Reserve Airman Duell S. Thompson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Thompson 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.

Thompson earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Christine Mahan and Terry Thompson, both of Punxsutawney.

Thompson is a 2011 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.


Army National Guard Pvt. Sara R. Small has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Small studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and 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.

Small is the daughter of David and Anita Small, of Gipsy.

She is a 2010 graduate of Purchase Line High School.


Navy Midshipman Cabot L. Bisbee, son of Catherine R. and Kenneth E. Bisbee of Penn Run, recently completed Plebe Summer at the U.S. Navy Academy.

Plebe Summer began on Induction Day, June 27, and concluded after seven challenging weeks of basic midshipman training.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges leading to graduation and commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps officer. Plebe Summer is run by upper-class midshipmen who are specially trained in their leadership roles to effectively develop plebes into successful midshipmen.

Plebe Summer activities include swimming; martial arts; basic rock climbing; obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills; and 40 training hours devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and formal parades.

Throughout the summer, new midshipmen rapidly gain general knowledge of seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn how to use 9 mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Naval Academy’s plebe or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. This year the Naval Academy received more than 17,500 applications for the Class of 2017.

Bisbee is a 2013 graduate of United High School.


Army Pvt. Travis L. Glass has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Glass received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Glass is the son of Mark and Darla Glass, of Blairsville.

He is a 2011 graduate of United High School.

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