Air Force Airman Justin Veber has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Veber, a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School, is the son of Todd Veber, Lawrence.
¢ Pvt. 1st Class Justin Hart recently graduated from a 22-week training of the OSUT Chemical Corp. for the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is in the Army Reserve and will be with the 179th Transportation Unit out of Belton, Mo.
Justin is a 2005 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. He is the son of Phil and Theresa Hart, Perry.
¢ Don Carbaugh has graduated from Marine Basic Training in San Diego. After leave, which he is spending in Lawrence, he will return to Fort Pendleton, Calif., for Marine Combat Training. Then, he will go to MOS at 29 Palms in California for training as an electrician. He is a 2004 Lawrence High School graduate and the son of Gina Bailey-Carbaugh.
¢ Army Reserve 1st Lt. Terry Thombly participated in the America Supports You campaign's "Operation Hardwood-Hoops with the Troops" basketball tournament in Kuwait.
"Hoops with the Troops" brought in eight National Collegiate Athletic Assn. coaches and sports personalities to coach military basketball teams at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait City. Eight 13-member basketball teams from camps throughout Kuwait participated in the double elimination tournament.
The coaches worked with the best military players to hone their basketball skills to play in the championship game and shared their coaching experiences with team players. The coaching team also visited a local sports clinic to meet and coach Kuwaiti children learning to play basketball.
Operation Hardwood-Hoops with the Troops is an initiative launched to boost morale among U.S. military soldiers serving in the Middle East.
Thombly is a morale, welfare and recreation officer with 19 years of military service. She is normally assigned to the 317th Quartermaster Battalion in Lawrence.
The lieutenant is the daughter of James and Leslie White, Baldwin.
¢ Army Reserve Spec. Brandy Vance participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom at a forward-deployed operating location overseas.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, stabilization and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.
Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces also are assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.
Vance, an executive assistant with two years of military service, is assigned to the 917th Corps Support Group in Belton, Mo. Vance, a 2003 graduate of Lawrence High School, is the daughter of Michael Talbot, Olathe, and Michelle Hesselman, Tonganoxie.