Marine Corps Pvt. Paul R. Garcia, son of Regina and Luis H. Garcia of Duluth, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Garcia and other recruits received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values: honor, courage, and commitment, and their meaning in guiding personal and professional conduct. The training phase ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony where Garcia was addressed as a "marine" for the first time and presented with the Marine Corps Emblem.

Marine Corps Pvt. Joshua M. Zoeckler-Hertica, son of Desiree C. and Michael B. Hertica of Lawrenceville, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Zoeckler-Hertica and other recruits received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values: honor, courage, and commitment, and their meaning in guiding personal and professional conduct. The training phase ended with The Crucible, a 54 hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony where Zoeckler-Hertica was addressed as a "marine" for the first time and presented with the Marine Corps Emblem.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Tavaris T. Hobbs, son of Brenda F. Jackson of Duluth and graduate of Rich Central High School of Olympia Fields, Il, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Hobbs received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, which included classroom study and practical instruction on Naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety with an emphasis on physical fitness.

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Andrew E. Grant, a 2007 graduate of Northview High School, Duluth, recently graduated from the Ammunition Technician Specialist Course while assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment Redstone Arsenal, Ala. During the course, Grant was instructed on the basics of automated accountability, receipt, storage, issue, and handling and inventory of ammunition.

Navy Seaman Recruit Louis R. Cheng, a 2007 graduate of Berkmar High School and son of Silvia Lee of Lawrenceville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Cheng received training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety with an emphasis on physical fitness.

Navy Seaman Recruit Daniel A. Reddick, a 2006 graduate of South Pittsburgh High School of South Pittsburgh, Tenn., and son of Peter A. Reddick of Lilburn, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Reddick received training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety with an emphasis on physical fitness.