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Posted: October 23, 2010 9:20 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Miguel De La Torre
Miguel J. De La Torre has been promoted to the rank of senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

De La Torre is crew chief assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

The airman has served in the military for one year.

He is the son of Jose De La Torre of Erie, Colo., and Mary Bates, of Valencia,  and brother of Angela De La Torre, of Truckee.

De La Torre graduated in 2002 from Alemany High School in Mission Hills.

He also received an associate degree in 2005 from College of the Canyons in Valencia.

Kirill S. Gillis
Kirill S. Gillis has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer.
College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC.

The students are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. 

The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating “hands-on” training. 

The training develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students.

In addition the training  helps improve the cadets’ self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decision making, and collective team cohesion. 

The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, Army values, ethics, Warrior ethos, basic rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

The cadet is a student at Georgia Military College, Milledgeville.

Gillis is the son of Scott N. and Vicki S. Gillis, of Saugus.

He is a 2010 graduate of the Santa Clarita Christian School in Canyon Country.


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