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Published May 1, 2013

Marine Corps Pfc. Jartavious B. Gunter, son of Betty Mathews of Clearwater, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Gunter 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 prior to graduation, Gunter 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.

Gunter is a 2010 graduate of Boca Ciega High in Gulfport and joined the Marine Corps in December 2012.

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Erik A. Johnson has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Army National Guard.

Johnson is a health care specialist assigned to 224th Area Support Medical Company, Gaithersburg, Md. He has served in the military for two years.

His wife, Shawna, is the daughter of Samenia Johnson of Mandeville, La., and Patricia Snyder of Dunedin.

The new sergeant is a 1992 graduate of Cleveland Central Catholic High, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2000 from Cleveland State University.