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U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Luis H. Vazquez Garcia 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Vazquez Garcia is the son of Bertha A. Vazquez Garcia and Luis H. Vazquez Campillo of Nogales, Ariz.
He graduated in 2008 from Nogales High School, Nogales, Ariz., and in 2016 from Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz.
 
U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Joseph G. Gelia 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Gelia is the son of Lewis R. and Lisa J. Gelia, and brother of Jesse L. Gelia, all of Tucson, Ariz.
He is a 2014 graduate of Rincon High School, Tucson, Ariz.
 
U.S. Air Force Airman Arjay B. Frits 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Frits is the son of Christine M. Willeford of Marana, Ariz.
He is a 2015 graduate of Pima Community College, Marana, Ariz.
 
U.S. Air Force Airman Porter V. Elliott 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Elliott is the son of Marcel Elliott and Kelly Heilman of Tucson, Ariz., step-son of Kevin Heilman of Tucson, Ariz., brother of Kenda Elliott of Las Vegas, Nev., and grandson of Judy Horner of Showlow, Ariz.
He is a 2015 graduate of Tanque Verde High School, Tucson, Ariz.
 
U.S. Air Force Airman Marcus Z. McDowell 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
McDowell is the son of Donna and John Mcdowell and grandson of Betty Walston, all of Tucson, Ariz.
He graduated in 2009 from Rincon High School, Tucson, Ariz.
 
U.S. Air Force Airman Steven M. Lamb 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Lamb is the son of Christopher M. Lamb of Tucson, Ariz.
He is a 2015 graduate of Sonora Science Academy, Tucson, Ariz.