U.S. Air Force Airman Branden Cole graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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.

Cole earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Lori Batson of Sherman, Illinois, and James Cole of Chelsea, Oklahoma.

The airman is a 2017 graduate of Williamsville High School, Williamsville, Illinois.