Army Reserve Pvt. Lorenzo Saiz Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia in South Carolina.

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.

He is the son of Lorenzo Saiz of County Road 79 in Robstown and is a 2007 graduate of Robstown High School.

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Steve N. Rowland, son of Margaret and Nate Rowland of Corpus Christi, recently graduated from the Basic Preservation and Packaging course while assigned as a student to Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Throughout the course, Rowland and his fellow students were introduced to all basic aspects of military packaging and preservation. These included methods of preservation, shipment and packing of hazardous materials, and an introduction to forklift training and safety procedures.

Upon completion of the course, Rowland earned the qualification to pack and ship a wide variety of Marine Corps supplies and equipment for immediate and future use.

Rowland is a 2004 graduate of Richard Milbourne Academy in Corpus Christi and joined the Marine Corps in February 2007.