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Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Bjorneby graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman Jacob R.Bjorneby 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.

Bjorneby is the son of Beth M. Bjorneby of Steward and a 2013 graduate of Indian Creek High School in Shabbona.

Van Vlerah graduates from training

Army Pvt. Nathan M. Van Vlerah has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Missouri, which included basic military training and advanced individual training.

During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

During AIT, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations. The trainee performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.

Van Vlerah is the son of Theresa Hove of Sycamore and Matthew Van Vlerah of Sandwich. He is the grandson of Carrie Brantley of DeKalb and a 2013 graduate of DeKalb High School.

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