Military briefs

2014-01-23T00:00:00Z Military briefs nwitimes.com

Wheatfield residents finishes basic, advanced Navy training

Jacob Sholz graduated from basic training Oct. 25 from the Great Lakes Naval Base. He received master-at-arms training in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated Dec. 19. He is training in Gulfport, Miss., and will receive additional training in San Diego before being deployed to Guam later in 2014. Sholz is the son of Ronald and Debbie Scholz, of Wheatfield, and is a 2013 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School.

Son of Hobart man graduates from U.S. Army infantry school

Army National Guard Pvt. Brett A. Thomas has graduated from One Station Unit Training at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training.

During basic training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremonies, military customs and courtesies, map reading, tactics, basic rifle marksmanship, physical fitness, field training, and first aid skills. The recruit developed combat skills and handled various weapons available to the infantry soldier.

During AIT, the soldier received instruction to serve as an infantryman/mortarman using light and heavy anti-armor weapons, indirect-fire support, and mechanized operations while assigned to a rifle or mortar squad. The training included weapons qualification, tactics, patrolling, navigation, field communications, and combat operations; engagement in infantry combat exercises, battle drills, land mine locating, neutralizing and extracting, and survival operations during a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

Thomas is the son of Randy Thomas, of Hobart, and Jamie Setnor, of Deland, Fla. He is a 2008 graduate of Deland High School.

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