Military Briefs for Jan. 30
Rushing completes basic
Air Force Airman Jeremy A. Rushing has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
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.
Rushing is the son of Rick Rushing of Moncks Corner, and Lisa Shortreed of Hanahan.
He is a 2009 graduate of Berkeley High School.
Marine Corps Pfc. Darwin A. Smalls, son of Angie White-Smith of Cross, and Clarence Smith, of Cross, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island.
For 13 weeks, Smalls stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies..
One week prior to graduation, Smalls endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Smalls is a 2009 graduate of Cross High School.