Marine Corps Pvt. Heather Tilley, daughter of Mitchell and Lafonda Godfrey of Cleveland and sister of Justin Godfrey of Cleveland, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.
For 18 weeks, Tilley stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to a Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
Training subjects included close order drill, marksmanship with an m-16a4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Tilley endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marines Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Tilley is a 2011 graduate of Bradley Central High School of Cleveland.
Army National Guard Pfc. Robert Simpson 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 and physical fitness. He also 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, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Simpson is the son of Wanda Simpson of Niota.
He is a 2010 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy, Athens.