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Posted: October 2, 2010 10:03 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Christopher Aaron

 

Christopher Aaron
Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Aaron 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.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Joy Aaron of Saugus.

Aaron is a 2008 graduate of Saugus High School.

Anthony D. James
Navy Seaman Recruit Anthony D. James, son of Pamela F. Downer of Canyon Country and Darnell D. James, of Houston, Texas, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, James 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.

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.      

James is a 2006 graduate of Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas.

Tyler D. Sojka
Coast Guard Seaman Tyler D. Sojka, son of Teri A. and Doug A. Sojka of Valencia, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.

During the eight-week training program, Sojka completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship.

A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.

Sojka and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard’s core values — honor, respect and devotion to duty — and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct.

Sojka will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard’s force.

Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they do aboard ships and shore units throughout the world.

To reinforce the team concept, Sojka and other recruits were trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training and the basics of the work-life balance, as well as total quality management.

Sojka is a 2008 graduate of William S. Hart High School in Newhall.

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