Military news

Nathen S. Novelli

Air National Guard Airman First Class Nathen S. Novelli graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Novelli is the son of Tina Novelli and Jeff Novelli of Dove Street, both of Dunkirk.

He is a 2010 graduate of Dunkirk High School.

Derrick T. Smith

Navy Seaman Recruit Derrick T. Smith, son of Nancy J. Smith of Portland and Thomas G. Smith, of Westfield, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Smith completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Smith is a 2012 graduate of Westfield High School.