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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marissa N. Cortez 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Cortez is the daughter of Jim Hughes of Turlock, Susan Baker of Hilmar and Lisa M. Hughes of Denair; sister of Desirae A. Sawyer of Louisville, Kentucky; granddaughter of David Sawyer of Ceres; wife of Johnathan R. Cortez of Denair; and daughter-in-law of Lisa Cortez of Turlock.

She is a 2012 graduate of Turlock High School.