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Military briefs - Jan. 2, 2013

Posted: December 31, 2012 3:51 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2013 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.

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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Navy Seaman Recruit Matthew P. Gilbert, a 2008 graduate of Camden Military Academy, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Gilbert completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘‘Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Ghrigsby has graduated from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek.

Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Electronics Technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

Ghrigsby is the son of Shannon Ghrigsby of Camden.

He is a 2009 graduate of Camden High School.

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