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In Uniform

In Uniform 11-27-08
By Observer News Staff
Nov 27, 2008 - 5:18:54 PM

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Jeffrey D. Riley
Army Reserve Pvt. Jeffrey D. Riley has grad­uated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC, to be a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve Split-option Program.
The program allows students between their junior and senior year of high school to attend national guard or reserve weekend drills while still in school and pursue a military career specialty after they graduate from high school.
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.
He is the grandson of Yvonne Goedert of Ruskin. Riley is currently a student at Lennard High School, Ruskin.
Corey M. Thomas
Army Reserve Pvt. Corey M. Thomas has graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC., under the Split-option Enlistment Program to serve as a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve.
The program allows students between their junior and senior year of high school to attend basic training during the summer after their junior year.  After completing basic training, the recruits will attend National Guard or Reserve weekend drills while still in school. The summer following graduation, the guardsmen or reservists attend advanced individual training in the career specialty they selected at the time they enlisted.
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.
He is the son of Morgan Thomas of Valrico, and Betty Peterson of  Gibsonton. Thomas is currently a student at Brandon Senior High School, FL.




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