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Pinellas military briefs: Recruits pass training

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The following military personnel graduated from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine Corps Pvt. Berenice G. Martinez is the daughter of Erika and Patricio Martinez of Clearwater. She is a 2011 graduate of Irvin High, El Paso, Texas.

Marine Corps Pfc. Paul T. Riggs is a 2009 graduate of Palm Harbor University High.

Marine Corps Pvt. Jeremy E. Barnett is the son of Kelli Barnett of Clearwater. He is a 2012 graduate of Clearwater High.

The recruits completed 13 weeks of demanding entry-level military training in order 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, they took part in 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.

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Army Spec. Ian M. Kane, a 2008 graduate of East Lake High, has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Kane is a human resource specialist assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 4 1/2 years.

He is the son of Tracy and John Kane of Oldsmar. His wife, Mary, is the daughter of Colleen Linning of Clearwater.

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Navy Seaman Alexander D. Vigilante, a 2012 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Vigilante received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, 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 capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations," an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

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Army National Guard Pvt. Salvador D. Almaraz, son of Samantha and Salvador Almaraz of Clearwater, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is a 2012 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.

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