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2014-03-26T00:00:00Z Military briefs nwitimes.com

Keen completes basic training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Richard Keen, son of Yolanda Autrey-Keen, of Markham, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.

During the eight-week program, Keen 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.

Five complete training at Fort Benning

Army Pvt. Kenneth J. Metcalf, Army National Guard Spec. Jonathan D. Proud, Army Reserve Pvt. Brandon C. Harris, Army Pvt. Demond T. Simmons Jr. and Army Pfc. Zachary S. Taylor have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers 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.

Metcalf is the son of Antoinette Stepp and grandson of Ella Stepp, both of Harvey. He is a 2013 graduate of Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields.

Proud is the son of Sharon and David Proud, of Lowell. He is a 2007 graduate of Lowell Senior High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Purdue University, Lafayette.

Harris is a 2009 graduate of Thornwood High School, South Holland.

Simmons is the son of Elva-Lynn Gregory, of Gary.

Taylor is the son of Robin and Mark Taylor of Portage. He is a 2013 graduate of Portage High School and a 2013 graduate of Gary Middle College.

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