Military Briefs

First Posted: 4/18/2009

LAWTON, Okla. Army National Guard Pvt. Jonathan W. Gardner has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton.
He is the son of John Gardner of Park Drive, Mount Airy, and Tina Arrington of Mitchell Ridge Road, Elkin.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
Gardner is a 2006 graduate of North Surry High School, Mount Airy.

FORT KNOX, Ky. Army Pvt. Richard D. Frost has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, which consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).
He is the grandson of Marvin and Reba Mangum of Latitude 36 Wall Loop Road, Walnut Cove.
The first nine weeks of initial entry training, or basic combat training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.
During AIT, the soldier completed the seven-week cavalry scout course. The training included subjects and instructions to operate, maintain and fire M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles; call and adjust fire on enemy targets, recognize friendly and threat vehicles; conduct reconnaissance and security missions, perform foot patrols, conduct land navigation, locate and neutralize mines; and operate and maintain scout vehicles.
The private is a 1998 graduate of Forbush High School, East Bend.

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