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Military briefs - Dec. 21, 2012

Marcus Brown completes basic training

Posted: December 20, 2012 5:57 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Army Pfc. Chandler D. Hughes has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Hughes 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.

Hughes is the son of Daniel Hughes of Lugoff.

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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Avery K. Scott graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Scott 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Scott is the son of Jennifer Jordon of Elgin.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Trent N. Ruvalcaba, son of Ericka M. and Robert G. Ruvalcaba of Elgin, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Ruvalcaba stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Ruvalcaba endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Ruvalcaba is a 2012 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

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Army Pvt. Markel Pollard has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

 During basic military training, Pollard received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

 During AIT, Pollard completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations. The trainee performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.

Pollard is the grandson of Elizabeth Stover of Camden.

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