Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Travis C. Merrick, son of Larry Merrick of Dacula, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Merrick is a 2002 graduate of Dacula High School.

Army Pvt. Rebecca K. Presnal, daughter of John Nation of Suwanee and Lisa Kunze of Dalzell, S.C., recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Navy Seaman Recruit Brandee A. Sims, daughter of Kenneth B. Robinson of Houston, Texas and Sharon D. Williams of Stone Mountain, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Marine Corps Pvt. S. Williams Jr., son of Wayne S. Williams of Dacula, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.

Lt. Col. John L. Tillman, son of Sarah Z. Tillman of Albany, N.Y., and brother of Howard W. Tillman of Dacula, has retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of military service. His career has taken him to places such as Arkansas, Colorado, Germany, North Carolina, Qatar and Washington, D.C. In his 22-year military career, Tillman received the Bronze Star Medal, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal and two awards of the Air Force Acheivement Medal.

Army Reserve Pfc. April L. Price has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She studied many subjects during her 9 weeks of training. She is the sister of Melinda Price of Norcross and granddaughter of Louise Dennis of Princeton, La. Price is a 2008 graduate of Haughton High School in Louisiana.

Navy Seaman Recruit Austin S. King, son of Scott King of Suwanee and Tammy Quinn of Forsyth County, recently completed U.S. basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. King attended North Gwinnett High School.

Army Reserve Pvt. Zorina M. Madrid, daughter of Juan Madrid of Norcross and granddaughter of Hilda Cruz-Palma of College Park, Md., has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She trained for 9 weeks. Madrid is a 2007 graduate of Berkmar High School.

Army Pfc. Matthew W. Gilmer, son of Russell and Lorey Gilmer of Suwanee, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. after 9 weeks. Gilmer is a 2003 graduate of North Gwinnett High School.

Army Pvt. Thomas Ng, son of Shek Ng of Norcross, has recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Ng is a 2008 graduate of Meadowcreek High School.

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Daniel J. Miller, son of Paul and Brenda Miller of Duluth, has recently been mobilized and activated for deployment to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Miller is a 1993 graduate of Duluth High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Georgia State University.

Air Force Airman Chelsea R. Malone, daughter of Andrea Malone of Buford, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Malone is a 2008 graduate of Millcreek High School, Hoschton.

Air Force Airman Cierra P. Caleb, daughter of Audrey Baroody of Miami and sister of Michelle Caleb of Norcross, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. She is a 2006 graduate of Miami Norland High School in Miami.

Army National Guard Pvt. Charles E. McCord, son of Gwendolyn E. Patterson of Snellville, has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. McCord is a 2007 graduate of the Fort Gordon Military Academy in Augusta.