Duty, Honor, Country from July 11, 2013

DHC pote halfcol  Air Force Airman Earl W. Pote of Hickory Hills has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.
  Pote completed an 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.
  Pote is the son of David and Deena Pote of Hickory Hills. He is a 2008 graduate of Stagg High School in Palos Hills.

  Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Daphne A. Vargas of Oak Lawn has graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to her current rank.
  Vargas completed four years of academic, physical and professional training. As a graduate of the Naval Academy, she completed a four-year, total-immersion program where a strong, balanced academic program focused on the educational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps is superimposed on a strict, professional military training environment emphasizing the development of leadership skills.
  Vargas is the daughter of Nohemi Vargas of Oak Lawn. She is a 2009 graduate of Richards High School of Oak Lawn.
  Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Juan V. Gardunio has reported for duty at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  Gardunio joined the Navy in September 1999. He is a 1998 graduate of Stagg High School in Palos Hills.