Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Phillip T. Livingston recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Janine V. Livingston of Oklahoma City and Willie Taylor of Stone Mountain.

Navy Seaman Jonathan C. Pempek recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Gail C. Pempek of Suwanee and William J. Pempek of Coconut Creek, Fla.

Coast Guard Seaman Kossivi B. Deku recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. He is the brother of Kodzo S. Deku of Lawrenceville.

Air Force Airman Taylor A. Hess graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Larry Hess of Duluth. Hess is a 2009 graduate of Duluth High School.

Air Force Airman Michael S. Bostic graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Carolyn Howard of Snellville. Bostic is a 2008 graduate of South Gwinnett High School.

Air Force Airman Denrich Lumpkin graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Deborah Lumpkin of Stone Mountain and Denrich Lumpkin of Lilburn. Lumpkin is a 2007 graduate of Lakeside High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Chelsey R. Fitzpatrick recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Fitzpatrick is a 2009 graduate of Apalachee High School.

Navy Seaman Recruit Stephen D. Noble recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Michele V. Noble of Monroe and Duane K. Noble of Loganville. Noble is a 2005 graduate of Monroe Area High School.

Army 1st Lt. Marcus A. Ruzek is returning to D Company, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, after being deployed to Afghanistan to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of Mark A. and Lori L. Ruzek of Hoschton and brother of Kristina L. Bruce of Duluth. The lieutenant graduated in 2004 from Duluth High School, and received an associate degree in 2006 from Georgia Military College.

Army National Guard Spec. Jose A. Rodriguez has returned to the U.S. after a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of Juan C. and Elizabeth Rodriguez of Lawrenceville. Rodriguez is a 2004 graduate of Collins Hill High School.

Army National Guard Cpl. Donald K. Balfour has returned to the U.S. after a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of Donald and Virginia Balfour of Snellville. The corporal is a 2006 graduate of Providence Christian Academy.

Army National Guard Cpl. Corey L. Speck has returned to the U.S. after a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of Brad J. and Doreen L. Speck of Lawrenceville. The corporal is a 2002 graduate of Dacula High School.

Air Force Airman Trish T. Nguyen graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Shaun Ruark of Fort Walton Beach, FL. and Vanessa Ruark of Norcross.

Army Reserve Pvt. Ingrid T. Scarborough graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the grandaughter of Evelyn Scarborough of Lawrenceville and niece of Robin Barton of Virginia Beach, Va.

Air Foce Master Sgt. Eric M. Smith graduated from the Afghanistan-Pakistant Hands Program at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. He is the son of Barbara E. Smith of Lawrenceville and John W. Smith of Fort Washington, Md.