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POSTED May 24, 2013 5:20 p.m.

Air Force Airman Jose I. Medina graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.
Medina is the son of Raquel Medina of Gustine. He is a 2012 graduate of Turlock High School.

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Air Force Airman Joel M. Papish graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.
Papish is the son of Gina Papish of Hughson. He is a 2011 graduate of Hughson High School.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Jonathan P. Nuno, Sr. 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.
Nuno is the son of Maria Luja of Turlock. He is a 2012 graduate of Turlock High School.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Angel Montes, son of Imelda and Pascual Montes of Ceres, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 
During the eight-week program, Montes 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.      
Montes is a 2012 graduate of John H. Pitman High School of Turlock.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Kimberly J. Castillo, a 2009 graduate of Keyes Charter School, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. 
For 13 weeks, Castillo 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, Castillo 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. 

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Navy Airman Thomas E. Okamoto, son of Sherry A. Okamoto of Turlock and Thomas K. Okamoto, of Royal Oaks, Calif., was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 
Okamoto received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. 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.        
Okamoto is a 2005 graduate of Everett Alvarez High School of Salinas, Calif.

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