Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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The following military personnel graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Airman Branden J. Buckner is the son of Monica Malkey of San Antonio, Texas, and Jerry Buckner of Clearwater. He is a 2011 graduate of A&M Consolidated High, College Station, Texas.

Air Force Reserve Airman Dalmarys Rodriguez is the daughter of Isaac Nieves of Clearwater. A 2008 graduate of Tampa's Paul R. Wharton High, Rodriguez earned an associate's degree in 2011 from Hillsborough Community College, Brandon.

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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MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

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Updated: 8 hours ago
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Published: 01/19/18
Howard Altman: Tampa Bay Frogman Swim expects to raise more than $600,000

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Published: 01/17/18
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Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

Navy files criminal charges in connection with deadly ship collisions, including negligent homicide

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Published: 01/17/18
Vultures drawn by fish killed during cold snap pose hazard for MacDill flights

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Published: 01/16/18
Hawaii false alarm hints at thin line between mishap and nuclear war

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Published: 01/14/18

Leaked draft of Pentagonís nuclear review shows desire for new kinds of weapons

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