Pvt. Devin Alexander, son of Blondell Robinson and James Alexander of Port Royal, recently graduated from the Marine Aviation Supply Specialist Course with Marine Aviation Support Training Support Group 21 in Meridian, Miss.
Students learned to provide logistical support for aviation activities, including financial, inventory and material management; staffing; and requisitioning.
Alexander is a 2012 graduate of Beaufort High School and brother of Kevin Alexander, who also is a Marine. Pvt. Kevin Alexander, son of Blondell Robinson of Port Royal, became a U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
For 13 weeks, Alexander underwent entry-level military training. Training included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
A week before graduation, Alexander 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.
Alexander is a 2012 graduate of Beaufort High School and the brother of Devin Alexander, who also is a Marine. Airman Alex H. Soto, son of Wendy Sanchez of Beaufort, graduated with honors from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
He completed an 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.
Soto is a 2009 graduate of Beaufort High School. Army Capt. Patrick L. Devine, son of Mike and Scherlie Devine of Bluffton, has returned to the U.S. after deployment overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. U.S. troops serve in south, southwest and central Asia; the Arabian peninsula; the Horn of Africa; islands in the Pacific; and in Europe.
Devine is a chaplain with the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. He has served in the military for 10 years.