Published Sunday, January 27, 2013

Coweta Military Notes: Ko, Duren, Spinks and Rasch in the news

From Special Reports

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Air Force Airman Sang M. Ko 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.

Ko is the son of Jung and Yeon Ko of Newnan. He is a 2012 graduate of East Coweta High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. David S. Duren, stepson of Heather M. and son of David S. Duren Sr. of Conyers, and son of Angela and stepson of Tony H. Hight of Newnan, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

For 13 weeks, Duren 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, Duren 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.

Duren is a 2012 graduate of Northgate High School.

Marine Corps Pfc. Christian C. Spinks, son of Angela R. Payton of Newnan, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Spinks 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, Spinks 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.

Spinks is a 2012 graduate of Newnan High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Aaron R. Rasch 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.

Rasch is the son of Kellie Rasch of Newnan, and Rob Rasch of Opelika. He is a 2012 graduate of Newnan High.

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