U.S. Air Force Airman Bryndee D. Ray of Ada graduated from basic military training Aug. 8. at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas.
During the seven and a half weeks of training, Ray was a member of the 320TRS/FLT 628. She was affiliated as a Gator, where she was physically and mentally trained to live by the motto, “Can’t Stop the Rock.”
Ray received extensive training with the M-16, basic rifle fighting techniques, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives training, and how to counter threats such as terrorism, biological and chemical weapons and security breaches. Additional training included drill and ceremonies and experienced use of various weapons and weapon defenses available to the USAF, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Air force history and heritage, core values and traditions.
Her squadron earned the commander’s excellence designation during basic expeditionary airman skills training.
Airman Ray is the daughter of Jimmy and Dorothy Ray of Ada. Her grandparents are Jim and Marilyn Ray of Roff, Glenda Harrell of Ada and the late Ronald Gilleland Sr. of Staunton, Illinois.
Airman Ray attended Byng schools for most of her high school career and graduated from Tupelo High School in 2018.
She is now attending tech school in aircraft armament systems at Fort Sheppard in Witchita Falls, Texas, and will graduate in January 2019.