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Air Force Airman Alex J. Christiana has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program including 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.

Airman Christiana is the son of Bill Christiana of Straits Rock Road in Gaylordsville.

He graduated in 2010 from New Milford High School.


Sherman resident Jarad Fatigate, a specialist in the New York Army National Guard, has been named Honor Guard of the Year.

A full-time New York Military Forces Honor Guard coordinator in Newburgh, N.Y., he was picked as the top soldier in the 130-volunteer Honor Guard, based on his physical fitness test scores, military knowledge and knowledge of military funeral procedures.

The award is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. David Rostum, an Honor Guard member who was killed in action while serving in Iraq with the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry.

Specialist Fatigate joined the National Guard three years ago and has served in the Honor Guard for about a year. He is assigned to the 1156th Transportation Company in New Windsor, N.Y., as a truck driver.