May 31, 2014 10:48:54 PM
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Michael R. Sykes 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Sykes earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of Nicole Y. Shirley of Hattiesburg and grandson of Nellie J. Lowe of Columbus. The airman is a 2007 graduate of Columbus High School.