Army Spec. Julia Bastida graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Bastida is the granddaughter of Kyria Falls of Vacaville.
Air Force Airman Robert Samuels graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Samuels is the son of Dearan Mattox of Vacaville.
Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.