Daniel R. Updegraff graduated Dec. 9, 2011 from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. He specialized in mechanics and also received an expert medal in rifle marksmanship.

Updegraff is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern High School. He is the son of Christine Boldery and Brian Updegraff of Deputy. He is the grandson of Edna Boldery of Lexington and Joe Boldery of Madison.

Marine Corps Private Keith D. Gillespie, a 2010 graduate of Switzerland County High School, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Gillespie and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values-honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

Gillespie and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.

Army National Guard Private Dustin Lewis Lakins has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents. In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation, and night observation devices.

Lakins is the son of Gary L. and Maggie M. Lakins of Madison.