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North Pinellas military news for Aug. 28

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Air National Guard Col. Walter C. Rustmann, stepson of Clifford Pendleton and son of Muriel J. Pendleton of Tarpon Springs, retired from the Air Force National Guard after serving honorably for 37 years.

Rustmann last served as commander of the 147th Medical Group assigned to 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

He graduated in 1975 from John F. Kennedy High in New York State and earned a medical doctorate in 1995 from Des Moines Medical, Iowa.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Norina Elias, daughter of Nora Elias of Clearwater, completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Elias completed training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was 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.

Elias is a 2010 graduate of Dunedin High.

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