U.S. Army Reserves
Army Reserve Pvt. Skyler Ashe has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Ashe is the son of Debbie Ashe of Pickens.
Army Pvt. Forrest T. Wagler has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Wagler is the son of Paula Wagler and grandson of Nix Helen, both of Easley. He graduated from a home school program in 2013.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Gradie L. Cartlidge III has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Officer Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek.
Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.
Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Submarine Officer aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.
Cartlidge is the son of Vickie and Gradie Cartlidge of Easley. He is a 2007 graduate of Easley High School.
U.S. Air Force
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan F. Batson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in 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.
Batson, a 2009 graduate of Easley High School, is the son of Eric and Kristen Batson of Easley.
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