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Preston C. Espinoza - photo by Photo Contributed
Preston C. Espinoza
Preston C. Espinoza, son of Betty Naylor of Manteca, graduated Feb. 13, 2009 from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Preston is qualified as a sharp shooter.

Preston attended Neil Hafley grammar school and graduated from Teen Challenge of Southgate. Following his graduation he attended Teen Challenge Ministries in Riverside.

He will have a short leave, visiting with family and friends in Manteca, Fresno and Bakersfield before reporting for duty as a recruiters assistant for a two week period in Fresno. He will then return to Camp Pendleton for extensive combat training at the School of Infantry. He will receive additional training in Pennsacola, Florida for Military Occupational Specialty Schooling where he will receive training as an aviation mechanic.

Nick D. Tebaldi
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick D. Tebaldi, son of Janet R. Owen of Manteca. and David M. Tebaldi of Columbia recently reported for duty at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. Tebaldi joined the Navy in May 2001.

Anthony M. Piccirilli
Navy Seaman Anthony M. Piccirilli, son of Marci E. Jones of Manteca recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Piccirilli 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”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” 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. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Piccirilli is a 2005 graduate of East Union High.