Army Pfc. Alex J. Simmons graduated from nine weeks of basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga.

Simmons is the son of Marcus Simmons of Carthage, N.Y., and stepson of Zelbra Simmons of Killeen.

He is a 2013 graduate of Ellison High School.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Quincy D. Blackmon recently completed the eight-week U.S. Navy basic training program at Recruit. He is the son of Steven J. and Mary E. Blackmon of Temple.

Blackmon is a 2013 graduate of Belton High School.

Army Pvt. Derrick M. Davis graduated from nine weeks of basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Davis is the son of Halley and stepson of James Lane, both of Killeen; and grandson of Glenda Lewis of Killeen.

He is a 2012 graduate of Ellison High School.

The following airmen completed eight weeks of basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, earning four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force:

Air Force Airman Andrew M. Buffin is the grandson of Michael Buffin of Nicholasville, Ky., and Timothy Murphy of Lexington, Ky.

He is a 2013 graduate of Belton High School.

Air Force Airman Mercedes A. Farris is the daughter of Dagmar and Robert Farris of Killeen. She is a 2012 graduate of Shoemaker High School.

Air Force Airman Cole A. Goodrum is the son of Patsy and James Goodrum of Salado. He is a 2012 graduate of Salado High School.

Air Force Airman Ty A. Miller is the son of Charles Miller of Killeen. He is a 2013 graduate of Killeen High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Dionte Howard is the son of Jo and Albert Howard of Killeen. He is a 2012 graduate of Ellison High School.

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