Army Pvt. Karim A. Walker and Army National Guard Pvt. Mary C. Logan have graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
Walker, the son of Doris Walker and Lawrence Walker, both of Philadelphia, is a 2011 graduate of Northeast High School.
Logan, the daughter of George and Joanne Logan of Philadelphia, is a 2011 graduate of Excel Academy.
Navy Seaman Recruit Samantha M. Santiago, daughter of Madeline Santiago of Trenton, N.J., and Miguel A. Camacho of Philadelphia, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Santiago 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.
Santiago is a 2011 graduate of Trenton Central High School of Trenton, N.J.
Air Force Airmen Branden Daly and Eric O. Rosa, Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Christopher B. Deuter and Air Force Airman 1st Class Sean A. Casey graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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.
Daly, the son of Lavonne Figley and Joseph Daly of Philadelphia, is a 2009 graduate of Philadelphia Academy Charter High School.
Rosa, the son of Español Rosa and Heriberto Rosa, both of Philadelphia, is a 2004 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School.
Deuter, the son of Anne and Charles Deuter of Tampa, Fla., is a 2000 graduate of Father Judge High School. He earned an associate degree in 2007 from ITT Technical Institute, Tampa.
Casey earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the grandson of Etta Nelson and son of Robert Casey, both of Philadelphia. Casey, a 2001 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Pennsylvania State University in Abington.
Marine Corps Pvt. Bianca M. Nigro, daughter of Patricia Nigro of Philadelphia, 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.
Nigro and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics.
In addition to the physical conditioning program, Nigro spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Nigro 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.
Nigro 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. ••