Cadet Juanmarcos Patrocinio Banales, son of Judge and Mrs. J. Manuel Banales of Corpus Christi, graduated May 23 from the U.S. Military Academy.

Banales graduated from Tuloso-Midway High School in 2004. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in International Relations and Foreign Language (Spanish). He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Infantry branch and will report to Fort Bliss for his first assignment.

The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.

West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering. Its mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country, and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.

For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

Army National Guard Pvt. Devana M. Almaguer has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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, and field training exercises.

Almaguer is the cousin of Jessica Ramon of Robstown.

The private is a 2008 graduate of Robstown High School.

Reynaldo D. Benavidez has been promoted to the rank of specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Benavidez, a human resources information systems management specialist with two years of military service, is assigned to the 211th Rear Support Group in Corpus Christi.

He is the son of Reynaldo and Guadalupe Benavidez of Kissling Ave. in Robstown.

The specialist graduated in 2008 from Robstown High School.

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Lionel Carrion and Army Reserve Sgt. Jordan N. Lopez are returning to the U.S. after a deployment to the Iraqi Theater of Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Carrion, an automated logistical specialist with 15 years of military service, is assigned to the 208th Combat Support Company at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

He is the son of Abelino Carrion of Meadow Lane, and Sylvia Carrion, both of Robstown.

Carrion is a 1981 graduate of Robstown High School.

Lopez, a power-generation equipment repairer with four years of military service, is assigned to the 208th Combat Support Company at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

He is the son of Christina and Troy Lopez of McBurnett Drive in Corpus Christi.