SAN ANTONIO, Texas —  The following area residents graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Air Force Airman Nicholas W. Hodgkin is the son of Denise and stepson of Anthony Perkins of New Gloucester and Eric Hodgkin of Bridgton, brother of Derek S. Hodgkin of Raymond, grandson of Ann B. Paulin of Augusta and Linda Duarte of Windham, and nephew of Louise Paulin of Windham. He is a 2013 graduate of Windham High School.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Keenan J. Giguere is the son of John Giguere of Lewiston, Jeff Murray of Auburn and Pamela Murray of Auburn. He is a 2011 graduate of Edward Little High School, Auburn.

Air Force Airman Michael S. Robb is the son of Brenda and stepson of Gerald Thomas of South Paris. He is a 2013 graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Mark S. Dunton earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is a 2007 graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the University of Southern Maine, Portland.

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.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two area residents have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning.

Army Spec. Kristian T. Foster is the son of Barbara and Phil Foster of Gray. He is a graduate of Gray New-Gloucester High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Southern Maine.

Army Pvt. David A. Demers is the son of Jenn and Jody G. Demers and grandson of Pat Paulin of Lewiston. He is a 2012 graduate of Lewiston High School.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers 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.


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