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Nicholas E. Bingham

Marine Corps Pvt. Nicholas E. Bingham, son of Elizabeth Aderhold of Thomasville, N. C. and Timothy A. Bingham, of Cleveland, Tenn., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Bingham stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to 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, Bingham endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Bingham is a 2012 graduate of Cleveland High School of Cleveland.

Anthony J. Foley

Navy Seaman Recruit Anthony J. Foley, son of Ginger R. Wilson of Cleveland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Foley 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.

Foley is a 2012 graduate of Polk County High School of Benton.

William T. Grahek

Air Force Airman William T. Grahek 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.

Grahek is the son of Marsha Grahek of Richmond, Va., and nephew of Phil Grahek of Manheim, Pa.

He is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Goodwin High School, Richmond.

Michael H. Durland

Air Force Airman Michael H. Durland 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.

Durland is the son of Connie Dalton of Athens and Charles Durland of South Coffeyville, Okla.

He is a 2009 graduate of McMinn County High School, Athens.

Andrejs J. Ruckman

Army Pvt. Andrejs J. Ruckman 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.

Ruckman is the son of Laurie Ruckman of Clermont, Fla.,and Randall Ruckman of Cleveland.

He is a 2008 graduate of East Ridge High School, Clermont, Fla.