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Four people with local ties recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
They are: Air Force Airman Russell L. Wade Jr., Air National Guard Airman First Class Rhoda K. Alfred, Air National Guard Airman First Class Mariah A. Beckford and Air Force Airman First Class Brandy G. Burdick.
Wade, the son of Russell Wade Sr. and stepson of Debra Wade, of Waterford, is a 2013 graduate of Waterford High School. Alfred, the daughter of Joan Alfred of Uncasville, is a 2009 graduate of Montville High School and a 2013 graduate of Three Rivers Community College.
Beckford is the daughter of Stanley Beckford, of Groton, and Deneen Brown, of Newark, N.J. Burdick, the former ward of Lisa and Donald Barnes of Oakdale, is a 2011 graduate of Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School.