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Couch graduates from basic training

Air National Guard Airman Aaron M. Couch graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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.

Couch is the brother of Shawn Couch of Nevis and is a 2005 graduate of Nevis High School.

Suzann G. Nordquist has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian life to military life and disciplines and learn proper wearing of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.

During phase two, cadets train outdoor living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice teamwork and cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses and participate in a rescue mission known as Operation Warrior.

Nordquist is the daughter of Charles and Gretchen Nordquist of Bemidji. She is a 2009 graduate of Bemidji High School.