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Kai H.L. Watt
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Kai H.L. Watt

Air Force Airman Kai H.L. Watt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

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.

Watt is the son of Bryan Watt and stepson of Mitzi Watt of Lenoir City, and Brandi Lively of Lenoir City.

Justin K. Walker

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin K. Walker, son of Tanda and Melvin Walker of Charleston, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), was a part of the hoisting of an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board the flight deck recently, in preparation for an unmanned aircraft's first, carrier-based testing.

A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) embarked Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations.

The X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet (wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet), will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests. During each demonstration, the X-47B will be controlled remotely via a handheld control display unit (CDU).

Truman was the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS's program manager, said the X-47B's delivery aboard Truman was among the most historic moments in the program's history.

While technical challenges were to be expected when introducing the new system to a carrier's flight deck, Engdahl said he expected the tests to be successful, citing strong teamwork between his team and Truman's crew.

The X-47B test was conducted over a three-week period which included in-port and underway demonstrations aboard Truman.

Walker is a 2007 graduate of Walker Valley High School of Charleston and joined the Navy in December 2012.