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Military Briefs - May 12, 2014
Ashley Banks military photo
Ashley Banks

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley C. Banks 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.

Banks is the daughter of Daniel L. and Kellie M. Benjamin of Ridgeway, and niece of Hope S. Jackson of Elgin.

She is a 2013 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School.


Joshua T. Hall and Allan C. Dow, both of Elgin, have joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program.

The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $53,028 toward a college education through the Montgomery GI Bill. For those who qualify, new soldiers can earn up to $65,000 for student loan repayment. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty.

Hall will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for basic training in August. He is the son of Jennifer Albert.

Dow will report to Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training in August. He is the son of Angie T. and Douglas N. Dow.