Military news

January 13, 2014

AXELSON: Navy Seaman Recruit Adrian M. Axelson, son of Jessica D. and stepson of Jared M. Silberzahn of Forest Hill, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Axelson completed a variety of training 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," which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Axelson is a 2012 graduate of Bel Air High School.

DUNCAN: Air Force Airman Gabriel I. Duncan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Duncan 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.

Duncan is the son of Lorrie Hartnett of Joppa.

He is a 2013 graduate of Joppatowne High School.

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