Eight complete basic infantry training
Army National Guard Pvt. Eric M. Shomer, Army Pvt. Bruce O. Burrell, Army Pfc. Christopher B. White, Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Ricky J. Byrd, Air Force Airman Thomas J. Thill, Air Force Airman Eric J. Collins, Air Force Airman Larell W. Wyatt and Air Force Airman Stephen M. Yarchan 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.
Shomer is the son of Amanda and Timothy Fritz, of Highland. He is a 2013 graduate of Highland High School.
Burrell is the son of LaWite Johnson and grandson of Wanda Johnson and Billy Stepp, all of Merrillville. He is a 2013 graduate of Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Gary.
White is the son of Diane White of Lowell and grandson of Roberta Massack, of Cedar Lake. He is a 2006 graduate of Lowell High School.
Byrd is the grandson of Linda Byrd, of Calumet City. He is a 2008 graduate of Thornwood High School, South Holland.
Thill is the son of Dorothy and Kevin Duda, of Dyer. He is a 2005 graduate of Lake Central High School, St. John.
Collins is the son of Eric Collins Sr., of Hammond, and LaShawn Campbell, of Chicago, Ill. He is a 2012 graduate of Donald E. Gavit Middle/High School.
Wyatt is the son of Kimberly Wyatt, of Sachse, Texas. He is a 2013 graduate of Griffith High School.
Yarchan is the son of Terri Yarchan, of Wheatfield. He is a 2013 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School, Wheatfield.