Air Force Airman Brandon M. Batka, son of Andrew and Jessica Batka of Nunica, Mich., and Wayne and Christina Livingston of Bentleyville, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Batka is a 2013 graduate of Bentworth Senior High School.
Private Colton Gray, son of Shawn and Angela Gray of Washington, recently completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During 10 weeks of training, Gray studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, 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. He will begin additional training at Fort Huachuca in Arizona and attend California University of Pennsylvania in the spring. Gray is a 2014 graduate of Trinity High School.
Dakota K. Snyder, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Snyder is a son of Bobbi K. and John M. Snyder of Canonsburg. He is a 2011 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Luke D. Thompson, son of Lisa and John Thompson of Canonsburg, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Thompson earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is a 2010 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.
Scott Day of Cary, N.C., son of Bob and Charlotte Day of Washington, has been promoted to major in the North Carolina National Guard. Day is a 1995 graduate of Trinity High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University and a master’s degree in trust and wealth management from Campbell University in North Carolina. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and Kuwait in 2012. Day is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant, and is an accounting manager in the global services division of IBM in Raleigh.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lance Oskey, a 1993 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, was promoted to colonel during a ceremony in the Kara Alumni House at Cal U. Oskey began his military career in 1993 when the former ROTC cadet was commissioned a second lieutenant.
James H. Todd of Washington graduated from basic training in Fort Benning, Ga. His mother is Kimberly DeMotte of Washington. Todd is a senior at Trinity High School.