Air Force Airman Daniel J. Cortez 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.
Cortez earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of Mary Cortez of Santa Maria and Ruben Cortez of San Leandro.
The airman is a 2008 graduate of Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria.