Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher R. Johnson, son of Elsie Johnson and Ray Johnson, both of Clearwater, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
He completed 13 weeks of demanding entry-level military training to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week before graduation, Johnson endured the Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
He is a 2011 graduate of Largo High.
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Air Force Airman John D. Dwinell, son of Sherry and David Dwinell of Palm Harbor, 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.
He is a 2012 graduate of East Lake High.