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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Air Force Airman Franklin A. Kritzman and Air Force Airman Eagan J. Nadeau graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Kritzman earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Darlene Kritzman of Sokokis Circle, Topsham, and a 2008 graduate of Mount Ararat High School, Topsham.

Nadeau is the son of Deanna and Peter Nadeau of Fawn Lane, Greene. He is a 2010 graduate of Leavitt Area High School, Turner.

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.

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Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Chief Warrant Officer Four James Dunn retired from the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Nov. 30.

Dunn, a 1990 graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine, served honorably for more than 22 years including six deployments to Iraq. His career culminated at the United States Army Special Operations Command with the presentation of the Legion of Merit Award.

Dunn was accompanied at his retirement ceremony by his parents, Phil and Mona Dunn of Mechanic Falls, his wife Kimberly, sons Matthew and Derek, and additional family members and friends. He has accepted a job with the Justice Department and will relocate to Sacramento, Calif.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Three local men earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Marine Corps Pfc. Ross J. Fletcher is the son of Patricia L. Fletcher of Clinton, Conn., and John R. Fletcher, of Gray, Maine. He is a 2008 graduate of Westbrook High School of Westbrook, Maine.

Marine Corps Pvt. Conner R. Safford is a 2011 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine.

Marine Corps Pvt. Dillan C. McGowan is the son of Lianie and David McGowan of Raymond, Maine. McGowan is a 2010 graduate of Windham High School of Windham, Maine.

For 13 weeks, the Marines stayed committed during some of the world’s most 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 prior to graduation, they 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.

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