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In the service: Adam Buck

Posted: October 25, 2008 8:23 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Private First Class Adam J. Buck, son of Kevin and Laurine Buck of Canyon Country, completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in October.

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Adam Buck
Private First Class Adam J. Buck, son of Kevin and Laurine Buck of Canyon Country, completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in October. He was a platoon guide and squad leader throughout training and earned a meritorious promotion upon graduation. The 13-week program is designed to test and strengthen the mental, physical and moral abilities of each Marine recruit. Courage, Commitment and Honor are the core values every Marine learns to live by.

Each Marine recruit is trained to be a warrior, no matter what his job is in the Marine Corps. Every Marine is first and foremost a rifleman. Training includes hand to hand combat, fighting with bayonets, survival techniques, both in the field and in the water. First aid, weapons safety and the history and traditions of the Marine Corps are taught to every recruit, and physical fitness is emphasized for all thirteen weeks of training. Buck received an Expert rating in marksmanship during the two-weeks of live fire training at Camp Pendleton.

The Crucible is the final test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining moment in recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54 hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and more than 45 miles of marching. The entire Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles and help each other along the way.

The Crucible is a rite of passage that, through shared sacrifice, recruits will never forget. With that memory and their core values learned in recruit training, they can draw upon the experience to face any challenge in their path. After successfully completing the Crucible, every recruit is given an eagle, globe and anchor pin, the symbol of the Marine Corps, signifying that they are no longer recruits, but United States Marines.
Buck is a 2008 graduate from Valencia High School.

Cassandra N. Rush
Army Reserve Spec. Cassandra N. Rush has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Alan and Carol Rush of Newhall.

Rush graduated in 2003 from William S. Hart High School, Newhall, and received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from the University of California, Irvine.

Anthony J. Koch
Air Force Airman Anthony J. Koch has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Elizabeth Lenaire of Castaic. Koch is a 2006 graduate of Saugus High School in Saugus.

Marc Rosenberg
Air Force Airman Marc Rosenberg has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training and special training in human relations. He is the son of Renate Gottardi of Saugus.

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