Navy Seaman Joshua I. Calderon, son of Clearwater residents Luisa M. Rivera and Juan R. Calderon, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Calderon completed 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," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
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Air Force Airman Nicholas J. Finnerty, son of Yolanda Trlin of Orland Park, Ill., and brother of Justin Finnerty of Palm Harbor, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed eight weeks of intensive training and studies on military discipline, Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills.
Finnerty is a 2005 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.
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Alexander N. Golenko, son of Nina Golenko and Paul Murray of Clearwater, graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
The four-week leadership internship can lead to becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarships and to attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.
Cadets are evaluated to determine their officer potential. The program offers a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during challenging, motivating "hands-on" training that includes fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.
The cadet is a student at the University of South Florida, Tampa.