Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnathan T. Baxley graduated from the Air Force Airman Leadership School at Joint Base Charleston and received the John L. Levitow Award.

The Levitow Award is the highest honor presented to a graduate who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence as a class leader and scholar, based on most outstanding in objective testing, performance evaluations and leadership. The award is in honor and name of the lowest-ranking enlisted Air Force member who was decorated with the Medal of Honor for bravery during the war in Vietnam.

The five-week leadership school focuses on preparing senior airmen to supervise, lead and manage Air Force teams and fostering a commitment to the profession of arms through airmanship and orientation in the Air Force mission. Airmen learn to be rating officials through training in leadership skills to prepare them to accept greater responsibilities.

Baxley is an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston. The staff sergeant has served in the military for six years.

He is the son of David Baxley and Kathy Puckhaber of Charleston.

Baxley graduated in 2003 from James Island High School.

Army Pvt. Jon Valles graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Valles is the son of Janette Sloan of Charleston.

Army Pvt. Alisha L. Anderson graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Anderson is the sister of Jarvista Maxwell of Ravenel.

She is a 2011 graduate of Baptist Hill High School.

Navy Seaman Luke A. Smeilus, grandson of Naomi Proveaux of Charleston, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Smeilus completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.

Smeilus is a 2005 graduate of Hanahan High School.