Three recent DHS graduates complete military basic training

Published 3:38 pm Saturday, November 3, 2012

Air Force Airman Shenique L. Collier graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in 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.

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Collier is the daughter of Jennifer White and stepdaughter of Deitrich White of Demopolis. She is a 2010 graduate of Demopolis High School.

Army National Guard Pfc. Amanda P. Mullen has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Mullen is the daughter of Debra Mullen of Tuscaloosa. She is a 2008 graduate of Demopolis High School.

Marine Corps Pfc. Denzel Q. Witherspoon, son of Julia L. Collier of Uniontown and Wilbert L. Witherspoon, of Selma earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Witherspoon stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Witherspoon 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.

Witherspoon is a 2012 graduate of Demopolis High School.