Four with area ties finish basic training

Four people with local ties graduated recently from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

They are: Air National Guard Airman First Class Marissa Ruiz, Air Force Airman Frederick A. Van Riper, Air Force Airman Joseph E. McEvily and Air National Guard Airman First Class Hunter K. Beckford.

Ruiz, the daughter of Fernando and Tomasita Ruiz, of Norwich, graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 2010. Van Riper is the son of Frederick Van Riper, of Groton. McEvily, the son of Terence and April McEvily of Waterford, is a 2010 graduate of Waterford High School. Beckford, the son of Stanley Beckford of Groton, is a 2013 graduate of Robert E. Fitch Senior High School.

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