Bradley M. Simon, son of Arthur and Krista Simon of Palm Harbor, entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.
Phase 1 involves personal in-processing, orientation and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.
During Phase 2, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice teamwork and cohesion, and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.
Simon graduated in 2011 from Palm Harbor University High.
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Air Force Airman Frank B. Martinez, son of Eudes Shoutd of Clearwater, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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.
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Navy Seaman Recruit Steven M. Harshberger, son of Pauline D. and Allen A. Harshberger of Palm Harbor, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Harshberger 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," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
Harshberger is a 2004 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.