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By Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007


Calder D. Gochas entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by cadets prior to entering their freshman year.

The first phase prepares cadet trainees to adjust from civilian to military life and teaches discipline, proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.

During Phase II, cadets train outdoors and live in tents while learning to function in field conditions, practicing teamwork and unit cohesion and learning to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses and participate in a rescue mission called Operation Warrior.

Goc is the daughter of Nicole Goc of Clearwater Beach and is a 2007 graduate of Clearwater High School.

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Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Risser recently received a black belt in the Marine martial arts program while assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 at Forward Operating Base Al Taqaddum in Iraq.

The program teaches Marines to fight in hand-to-hand combat using any weapon available. The techniques give them the self-discipline to understand the responsible use of force, both on and off the battlefield.

Risser is the son of Leora D. Risser of Clearwater and David M. Risser of Marion, Ohio. He is a 1994 graduate of Ridgedale High School in Marion and joined the Marine Corps in September 1994.

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Air Force Airman Curtis A. Lange graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During six weeks of training, Lange studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies, performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Lange is the son of Cathy and Curt Lange of Clearwater and is a 2007 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.

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Jennifer E. DeGeorge entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by cadets prior to entering their freshman year.

The first phase prepares cadet trainees to adjust from civilian to military life and teaches discipline, proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.

During Phase II, cadets train outdoors and live in tents while learning to function in field conditions, practicing teamwork and unit cohesion and learning to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses and participate in a rescue mission called Operation Warrior.

DeGeorge is the daughter of Frank and MiHye DeGeorge and granddaughter of Dorothy and Christopher Feller, all of Palm Harbor. She is a 2006 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School.

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Army Reserve Pfc. Miranda B. Morgan graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During nine weeks of training, Morgan studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Morgan earned distinction as an honor graduate of the course.

She is the sister of Ethan Morgan of Largo and is a 2003 graduate of Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo.

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Air Force Airman Stephen Cooper graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During six weeks of training, Cooper studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies, performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Cooper is the son of Christina Cooper of Clearwater and is a 2006 graduate of Countryside High School in Clearwater.

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Coast Guard Seaman Joseph K. Schultz recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week training program, Schultz completed a curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness. He also received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values - honor, respect and devotion to duty - and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct.

Schultz is the son of Ellen M. and John K. Schultz of Clearwater and is a 2007 graduate of Clearwater High School.