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Military News 12-21-07

Claudia E. Jackson

Army National Guard Pfc. Claudia E. Jackson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Jackson is the sister of Joan Houston of Covington.

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Chennel M. Godfrey

Army Pfc. Chennel M. Godfrey has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Godfrey is the daughter of Venita Godfrey of Latta, S.C., and niece of Shelestine Booker of Lithonia. She is a 2007 graduate of Latta High School.

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Charles C. Walker

Army Pfc. Charles C. Walker has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Walker is the son of Steve Walker of Conyers. The private is a 2007 graduate of Salem High School.

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Phylesha L. Kemp

Army Reserve Pvt. Phylesha L. Kemp has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Kemp is the daughter of Alexander Kemp of Lithonia and Sherry Martin of Decatur. She is a 2007 graduate of Dunwoody High School.

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John Thao

Army National Guard Pvt. John Thao has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.

Thao is the son of James Thao of Monroe. He is a 2006 graduate of Monroe Area High School.

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Steven C. Holiday

Steven C. Holiday has joined the United States Army Reserve under the Delayed Training Program.

The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay reporting for basic military training for up to 270 days. An enlistment in the reserve gives many new soldiers the option to learn a new skill, serve their country, and become eligible to receive more than $7,000 toward a college education, $20,000 for repayment of college loans, and a maximum $5,000 cash bonus.

After completion of basic military training, most soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.

The recruit qualifies for a $20,000.00 enlistment bonus.

Holiday, a 2005 graduate of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, will report to Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., for basic training in January 2008. He is the son of James L. and Cherr A. Holiday of Lithonia.

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Philip A. Gomez

Army Reserve Spec. Philip A. Gomez has graduated from the Ammunition Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

The course is designed to train soldiers to assist in receipt, storage, issue, maintenance, modification, destruction, and demilitarization of conventional ammunition, munitions and explosive components according to technical and safety directives; perform ammunition supply stock control and accounting duties using automated and manual procedures, and operated material handling equipment to maneuver ammunition.

Gomez is the son of Jose E. and Gay D. Gomez of Covington.