Army National Guard Pvt. Parris A. Croft has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

He is a son of Jonniann Croft of Moncks Corner and John Jenkins of Charleston.

Croft is a 2007 graduate of Berkeley High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Angela C. Sams graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

She is a daughter of Deidre Wright of Charleston and Cedric Chavers of Jacksonville, Fla.

Sams is a 2008 graduate of West Ashley High School.

Army Staff Sgt. Vincent L. Hall has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson.

Hall, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment.

He is a son of Edith H. Hall of Snellville, Ga., and Howard Wine of Charleston.

The sergeant is a 1990 graduate of Towers High School, Decatur, Ga.

Army Pvt. Ronald L. Simmons has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Simmons is the son of Lisa Simmons of Charleston.

The private is a 2007 graduate of Burke High School.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Aaron J. Sparks, son of Nenita A. Sparks of Dale City, Va. and James M. Sparks of Charleston, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Sparks is a 1994 graduate of Gar-Field Senior High School of Dale City, Va.

Civilian Jason R. Pope Jr., son of Pamela J. Silvers of Summerville and Jason R. Pope of Charleston, recently enlisted in the Marine Corps under the Delayed Entry Program with Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Columbia.

The program allows recruits to enter the Marine Corps and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiter as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.