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Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Smith graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman Spencer A. Smith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Smith earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Jeff and Tami Smith of Hinckley and a 2010 graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School.

Lira graduates from basic training

Army Pvt. Alycia M. Lira has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, 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.

Lira is the daughter of Cynthia Wegener of Waterman and Artemio Lira of Mesa, Ariz. She is a 2012 graduate of Indian Creek High School in Shabbona.

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