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Locals Complete Military Training

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Locals Complete Military Training

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Locals complete military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon J. Parker and U.S. Air Force Airman Haley D. Phillips graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen 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.

Parker is the son of Thomas R. Parker of Knoxville and Jennifer M. Parker of Powell and grandson of Joyce Borne of Powell. He is a 2014 graduate of Clinton High School.

Phillips is the daughter of Rebecca Huff of Knoxville. She is a 2013 graduate of Home Life Academy.

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Markian Sich graduated from Helicopter Advanced Flight Training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.

The graduation culminates a period of a rigorous and intense training that lasts almost two years. Training begins in Florida with Aeronautical Preflight Indoctrination at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and fast-paced academics designed to test the students ability to absorb and comprehend information and prepare them with knowledge base to continue their flight training.

Primary flight training is conducted at either Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, or Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., in the T-6B Texan, a modern, high performance turboprop aircraft.

Training consists of over 100 hours of flight training in addition to simulator and academic instruction.

After Naval Flight Training, students who are selected for helicopters proceed to Naval Air Station Whiting Field for Advanced Helicopter Flight Training. It consists of eight months of academics, simulator training, and an average of 125 flight hours in both the TH-57B and TH-57C aircraft.

Sich is a 2009 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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