Military kudos to an airman and a new Marine

Published May 23, 2012

Military news

Air Force Airman Brian S. Kibbey, son of Steve Kibbey 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.

Kibbey is a 2009 graduate of Dunedin High. He earned an associate degree in 2011 from St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Ky Q. Nguyen, son of Le Hang and Kurt Ngo of Clearwater, completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

In addition to a physical conditioning program, Nguyen spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments that included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. He and his fellow recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Nguyen also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment.

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.