2009-12-03 / Local & State

Completes Training

Pvt. Eric Edmonds, son of Harry and Debbie Edmonds, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Pvt. Edmonds successfully completed 12 weeks training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Edmonds and his fellow recruits began their training each day at 4:00 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physicalconditioning program, Edmonds spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Edmonds also received instructions on the Marine Corps’ values: honor, courage, commitment and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Edmonds and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the Crucible, a 54- hour team effort and problemsolving evaluation.

After graduation from Parris Island, he will be stationed at Camp Geiger for 59 days of combat training. He will begin additional training at Camp Geiger on December 8, 2009.

Edmonds is a graduate of Platoon 2086, 2nd Battalion, Golf Company.

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