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North Pinellas military news for Feb. 5

Air Force Airman Grant W. Spalding, son of Julia and Gregg Spalding of Tarpon Springs, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an 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 degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Spalding is a 2013 graduate of East Lake High.

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The following military personnel have completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Natalie L. Cote is the daughter of Mark A. Cote of Dunnellon and Regena D. Stefanchick of Clearwater. She is a 2013 graduate of Dunnellon High.

Navy Seaman Steven E. Brown is the son of Gary L. and Charlene A. Brown of Palm Harbor. He is a 2012 graduate of Tarpon Springs High.

During the eight-week program, they 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 boot camp's capstone event is "Battle Stations," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

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