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Air Force basic training grads have local ties
Air Force Airman Jordan Painter, Air Force Airman Angel L. Oty, and Air Force Airman Chris E. Kiernan recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman 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.
Painter is the son of Jeff Painter of Poplar Hill Drive, Johnson City. Painter is a 2007 graduate of David Crockett High School in Jonesborough.
Oty is the daughter of Cathy Reynolds-Mattix of Heritage Road N., Chuckey, and Shane Reynolds of Black Road, Greeneville.
Oty is a 2007 graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School.
Kiernan is the son of Tina Kiernan of Sunset Circle in Jonesborough.

Crockett alums complete Navy training, deploy to Japan
Marine Corps Pfc. Rodger D. Allen, a 2009 graduate of David Crockett High School, Jonesborough, recently reported for duty with Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.
Navy Seaman Brandon M. Curtis, son of Jennifer J. Hernandez of Telford, and Steve A. Curtis of Jonesborough, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Curtis is a 2009 graduate of David Crockett High School of Jonesborough.
During the eight-week program, Curtis completed a variety of training which 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.

Local men complete Marine Corps basic training
Two local men recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Marine Corps Pvt. Jordan W. Mason, son of Breau E. and Richard N. Mason of Limestone, and Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Alonzo P. Willis, son of Shilla R. and Timmy C. Willis of Jonesborough.
They and their fellow recruits underwent physical training and spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments.
Mason, Willis and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values – honor, courage and commitment – and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Mason, Willis and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.