In the service

Air Force Airman Zachary D. Casstevens and Airman Kelsi L. Hanson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Casstevens and Hanson 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.

Hanson is the daughter of Christopher Hanson of Butte Falls, and Deanna Hunt-Sherman of Medford, and a 2012 graduate of Eagle Point High School.

Casstevens is the son of Tammy Mount and brother of Kandace Long, both of Napa, Calif., and a 2010 graduate of Phoenix High School.


Pvt. Ian D. Philo, a 2009 North Medford High School graduate, and son of Stephen and Kathryn Philo of Medford, has successfully completed nine weeks of Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and 16 weeks of advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Ga.

While in basic training, Philo was trained in drill ceremony, combat lifesaving, basic and advanced rifle marksmanship, chemical weapons reaction, land and obstacle course navigation, battle maneuvers, hand-to-hand combat, urban operations and explosive weapons handling.

In the advanced training, he received specialized training as a signal systems support specialist in establishing and maintaining national and international communications and trouble-shooting computer systems.

Philo graduated at the top of his class from the advanced individual training as a Distinguished Honor Graduate and will be assigned to Fort Carson, Colo., where he will be placed with the 759th MP Battalion 4th ID.

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