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Air Force Airman Damien L. Shipley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in 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.
Shipley is the son of David and Trina Shipley of Lexington Park. He is a 2009 graduate of Great Mills High School.
Flores completes basic training
Navy Seaman Keane P. Flores, son of Bernardo J. Manalo of Great Mills, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Flores 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 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.
Flores is a 2008 graduate of Great Mills High School.
Trahan finishes training at Fort Jackson
Army Pvt. Cody Trahan 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.
Trahan is the son of Sharon Booker of Charlotte Hall and is a 2011 graduate of Chopticon High School.
Cassagnol earns master’s
On June 16, retired Lt. Col. Antonio R. Cassagnol recieved a master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University in El Paso, Texas.
He is the son of Theresa Smith Cassagnol of St. Mary’s County. His wife, retired Major Denise Cassagnol received her master’s in the 1980s, and she works for the board of education in El Paso.
Cassagnol was raised in St. Mary’s. He attended St. Peter Claver School and later went to St. Michael’s School in Ridge.
He worked his way through Ryken High School in Leonardtown. During the summer months he continued to work, thumbing rides from Lexinton Park to Leonardtown, to work in the school library. After completing his studies at Ryken, he was accepted at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1980, with a major in political science and a minor in English. He joined the ROTC program in 1979.
His mother pinned his second lieutenant bars on him during the commissioning ceremony in May 1980. His mother’s motto is "where there is a will; there is a way, God providing."
Cassagnol spent a total of 28 years in the military. He was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Germany and Saudia Arabia in support of wartime operations. While stationed at Fort Bliss, he was the administrative officer in charge of deploying 24,000 soldiers to Iraq. He was the signal officer of the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment during its deployment to Iraq.
Cassagnol and his wife have three children two girls in college and one son attending elementary school. In their spare time, he and his wife volunteer at their church.
Ayers earns title of Marine
Marine Corps Pvt. Zachery S. Ayers, son of Kelly Sifford of Mechanicsville and Peter Ayers of Milford, Del., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
For 13 weeks, Ayers stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Ayers endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Ayers is a 2011 graduate of Chopticon High School.