Air Force Airman David J. Cortez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cortez 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. He also earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Cortez is a 2013 graduate of Lodi High School. He is the son of James Cortez, of Lodi.