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Published Sep. 9, 2009

Marine Corps Pfc. Fatima Banks, daughter of Sabrina D. Glover of Clearwater, and Vernon Banks Jr. of Temple, Texas, completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Training consisted of a physical conditioning program, classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

Banks and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment, and what they mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

The training phase ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.

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Michael Borbath, son of Donald Borbath of Palm Harbor, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

He is a graduate of Countryside High, the University of Florida, and the University of Maryland.

Borbath lives in Melbourne.