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Air Force Airman Kelsey D. Oxford

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POSTED November 4, 2009 2:53 a.m.
Kelsey Oxford
Air Force Airman Kelsey D. Oxford graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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.

He is the son of Shawna Burgos of Manteca.

Oxford graduated in 2003 from East Union High School  and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from California State University, Chico.

Jonathan Reams
Army National Guard Pvt. Jonathan E. Reams has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Reams is the son of Linda Stewart of Ripon  and the nephew of Karen Reams of Manteca.

He is currently attending East Union High.

Michael A. Page
Army Reserve Pfc. Michael A. Page has graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., under the Split-option Enlistment Program to serve as a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve.

The program allows students between their junior and senior year of high school to attend basic training during the summer after their junior year.  After completing basic training, the recruits will attend National Guard or Reserve weekend drills while still in school.  The summer following graduation, the guardsmen or reservists attend advanced individual training in the career specialty they selected at the time they enlisted.
He is the son of Jori Nunez of Ripon. Page is currently attending Ripon High.

Ryan Sullivan
Ryan M. Sullivan has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support.  Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina.  The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course.  Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.

He is the son of Michael J. and Kathy A. Sullivan of Ripon.

Sullivan is a 2006 graduate of Ripon High School, and received an associate degree in 2008 from the Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo.

Corey M. Burke
Navy Seaman Corey M. Burke, son of Ronda A. Burke of French Camp recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Burke is a 2008 graduate of East Union High School.
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