Air Force Airman Ian J. Dews, son of Janet Dews of Clearwater, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
The airman is a 2008 graduate of St. Petersburg High.
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Army National Guard Sgt. Richard K. Nichol, grandson of Ken H. and Willene Nichols of Clearwater, participated in the 56th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 as part of the largest-ever contingent of National Guard members to serve in Washington, D.C.
More than 7,000 Army and Air National Guard members from 31 states and territories provided the inauguration with military working dogs, consequence management planning, and ceremonial, logistics, and medical support through the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. National Guard members also assisted local authorities with crowd management, traffic control and emergency services operations.
Nichols, a health care specialist with six years of military service, is a member of the 729th Brigade Support Battalion, Reisterstown, Md.
The sergeant graduated in 2001 from Pinellas Park High School.
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Army Pvt. Robert D. Carron, son of Wendi Carron of Clearwater, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During 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.
Carron is a 2008 graduate of Bayside High, Clearwater.