U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher E. Barrera has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Barrera is the son of Emma Fuentes of Old Brownsville Road and the grandson of Helen Barrera of Castlewood Street, both of Corpus Christi. He graduated in 2007 from a high school program at the Corpus Christi Adult Learning Center.
During the nine-week training period, Barrera received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, traditions and core values.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Daleth D. Darrington, son of Lisa D. and Dale Darrington of Corpus Christi, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Darrington completed a variety of training that 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." This exercise 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 in today's U.S. Navy.
Darrington is a 2005 graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School.
U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Mark L. Medina has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Medina, the son of Jesse and Joann Reyna of Bishop, is a 2007 graduate of Bishop High School.
During the nine weeks of training, Medina studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches.
Medina also participated in field training exercises.