Service notes


U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Mahlon A. Kester graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonios.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

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

Kester is the son of Bonnie and Robert Kester of Grampian.

He is a 2013 graduate of Curwensville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Grove City College.

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