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Sunday November 3, 2013 5:41 PM

* Army National Guard Pvt. Mark A. Heil, son of Della Flemming of Galloway and stepson of Angela Spain of Richwood, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

He is a 2012 graduate of West Jefferson High School.

* Army Pvt. Gabriel X. Brown, son of Mitzi Brown of Galloway, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Brown is a 2012 graduate of Central Crossing High School.

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