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Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla N. Greavu graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman 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.

Greavu is the daughter of Tiffany Greavu of Citrus Road Northwest, Malvern, and granddaughter of Sandra Robinson of Indian Run Avenue Southeast, East Canton.

She is a 2012 graduate of Malvern High School.

LESTER

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan S. Lester, son of Rebecca Hunter of Martinsburg, W. Va,. and Brian Lester, of Waynesburg, and other sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan received more than 2,500 Operation Gratitude care packages at the all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay.

Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude and Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, attended the event. They, along with other Operation Gratitude members, took time to thank the crew for their service and recognized the success of the work done thus far.

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that sends 100,000 care packages annually filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letter of appreciation. The packages are delivered to everyone from U.S. service members deployed to hostile regions around the world, to their children left behind and even wounded warriors recuperating from war. Their mission is simple: lifting moral and expressing the appreciation and support of the American people.

The guest shared hugs and stories with the sailors as packages were being distributed. Reagan crew members were appreciative of the group's generosity.

Reagan is currently home ported in Bremerton, Wash., while undergoing a maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

Lester, a 1999 graduate of Weir High School of Weirton, W.Va., joined the Navy in January, 2001.

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