2010-01-07 / Family

Completes Basic Training

Matthew Lacy, son of Robert and Joan Lacy of Warfordsburg, completed basic training on December 11 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Lacy successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Lacy and his fellow recruits began their training each day at 5 a.m. by running and performing calisthenics and other physically challenging events. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Lacy 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.

Lacy also received instructions on the Marine Corps’ core values – honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Lacy and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the Crucible, a 54- hour team effort and problemsolving evolution. After a threeweek leave from Parris Island, he will be stationed at Camp Geiger, N.C., for four weeks of combat training. He will then be sent to MOS for training in the area of air traffic controller.

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