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The following military personnel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Alexander D. Jorgenson is the son of Charles Jorgenson of Missoula, Mont., and Anna Chandler of Dunedin. He is a 2010 graduate of Hellgate High, Missoula.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph R. Eliza is the son of Jeanette Eliza of Palm Harbor. He is a 2008 graduate of East Lake High.

Air Force Airman Zackery T. Makres is the son of Robert Makres of Oldsmar. He is a 2012 graduate of Tarpon Springs High.

The airmen 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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Jeffrey J. Ballard, son of Bradley L. Ballard of Clearwater and Bonnie L. Ballard of Westland, Mich., competed in the 372nd Engineer Brigade Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

The soldiers began the competition with a physical fitness test that included a timed series of pushups, situps and a 2-mile run. The weeklong series of events included firing the M-4 rifle on a night qualification course, day and night land navigation, and combat-related tasks such as hand-to-hand combat, first aid, and weapons assembly.

The winners in the soldier of the year and non-commissioned officer of the year categories will move on to the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., later in the year.

Ballard is a power generation equipment repairer assigned to the 983rd Engineer Battalion at Monclova, Ohio. The private first class has served in the military for one year.

Ballard graduated in 2002 from John Glenn High, Westland and received an associate degree in 2009 from Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Mich.

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Air National Guard Lt. Col. Michael E. Myers retired from the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force, after serving in the military for 26 years.

Myers, son of Jack and Marge Myers of Dunedin, is the chief of standardization and evaluation assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard at Mansfield, Ohio. Myers and his wife, Julie, are residents of Marion, Ohio. When not on active duty, Myers is a 767 first officer for United Airlines.

Myers graduated in 1979 from Ridgedale High, Morral, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

North Pinellas Military News for July 10 07/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 7:46pm]
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