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Eight graduate U.S. Air Force basic military training


Last updated 4/4/2018 at 4:57am

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – U.S. Air Force Airmen Trent C. Vert, Justin P. Gallagher, Armani I. Mejia, Cameron Stapleton, Bridgette J. Buss, Ira V. Capulong, Seth W. Harris and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brooke A. England all graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas.

Vert is the son of Christopher Vert of Murrieta and Michelle Wright of Forest Falls, stepson of James Wright of Forest Falls, and Holly Olson of Murrieta and grandson of Lynda Vert of Grand Terrace. He is a 2017 graduate of Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta.

Gallagher is the son of Colleen and Brian Gallagher of Temecula. He is also the brother of Jamie Gallagher and a 2018 graduate of Chaparral High School in Temecula.

Mejia is the son of Jose and Patricia Mejia of Menifee and a 2017 graduate of Paloma Valley High School in Menifee.

Stapleton is the son of Samantha M. Stapleton and grandson of Emmett H. Stapleton of Menifee and nephew of Fred P. Archuleta of Hemet. He is also the husband of Jacqueline K. Stapleton. He is a 2009 graduate of Helen Hunt Jackson High School in Hemet.

Buss is the daughter of Gena Heape and Eric Buss of Temecula and granddaughter of Miriam Buss of Fullerton. She is a 2016 graduate of Temecula Valley High School in Temecula.

Capulong is the son of Carlito and Flora May V. Capulong and brother of Dionna V. Capulong of Lake Elsinore. He is a 2017 graduate of Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore.

Harris, a 2017 graduate from Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, earned distinction as an honor graduate.

England is the daughter of Sonya Sommer of Murrieta, former ward of Jenny Supinger of Murrieta and granddaughter of Rick and Vicki Salas of Ogden, Utah. She is a 2017 graduate of Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta.

The airmen 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 also earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.


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