Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 23:00

Air Force Airman Christopher R. Schaff recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Schaff 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 degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Schaff is the son of Lori and John Schaff of Eagle River.


Navy Seaman Dell J. Cowart, son of Robert A. Cowart, of Eagle River, and Natalie L. Polcyn, of Bennett, Colo., and brother of Logan V. Cowart, of San Diego, Calif., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He was also promoted to his current rank upon graduation.

Cowart received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training 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.

Cowart is a 2011 graduate of Bennett High School in Bennett, Colo.

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