In Service

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

HADLEY

Air Force Airman Matthew D. Hadley 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.

Hadley is the son of Charlotte Asevado of Slidell, and grandson of Glen Asevado of Prairieville.

He is a 2008 graduate of Pearl River High School.

WRIGHT

Marine Corps Pvt. Kyle N. Wright, son of Shela Fite of Largo, Fla. and Nain B. Wright, II of Prairieville, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Wright 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, Wright 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.

Wright is a 2011 graduate of Dutchtown High School of Dutchtown.

ALMENDARES

Marine Corps Cpl. Alexander R. Almendares, son of Gerardo R. Almendares, of Prairieville, recently was promoted to his current rank while with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa.

Almendares was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty.

Almendares joined the Marine Corps in May 2010.

POLAND

Marine Corps Pfc. Chad M. Poland, son of Nita and Danny R. Poland of Prairieville, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Poland 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, Poland 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.

Poland is a 2010 graduate of Dutchtown High School of Geismar.