U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Zarae H. Gardner 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.
Gardner earned distinction as an honor graduate.
She is the daughter of Rachel Sommerville of Newark and cousin of Yasmeen Weems of Maplewood.
She is a 2018 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School.