Air Force Airman Joshua A. Gates (April 24, 2013)

PROCTOR: Marine Corps Pvt. Daniel T. Proctor, son of Lorriane C. and Clayton H. Proctor of Joppa, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Proctor 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, Proctor 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.

Proctor is a 2010 graduate of Harford Technical High School of Harford.


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GATES: Air Force Airman Joshua A. Gates graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Gates 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.

Gates is the son of Minda Gates of Lori Lane, Havre de Grace.