Air Force Cadet David J. Gardiner, a 2010 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School,  has completed basic cadet training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gardiner completed the rigorous six-week orientation program. The training prepares cadets to enter their first academic year at the academy.
The cadets completed the training in two phases.  Phase one consisted of military and physical preparation which focused on the transition from civilian to military life.  Phase two involved three weeks of field training on the academy grounds to participate in activities to extend their physical limitations and build self and group confidence.
The U.S. Air Force Academy curriculum offers education in the basics, engineering and social sciences, the humanities, and 30 other academic majors.  At graduation, the cadet receives a bachelor of science degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force.
Gardiner is the son of Larry D. and Jill M. Gardiner of Gardner.