2010-08-19 / Family

Graduates From Army Basic Training

PA Army National Guard Pvt. Justin L. Gordon of Mc- Connellsburg recently completed and graduated from 10 weeks of basic combat training with the Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment in Fort Benning, Ga. His training began with one-week orientation and the then transitioned into nine weeks of combative training divided into three phases, red, white and blue, each lasting three weeks.

During the red phase, his training focused on starting the soldierization process, which began with basic tactical training, nuclear biological and chemical defense, and landmine defense, rappelled a confidence tower and performed the Army physical fitness test. He also studied and learned about Army heritage and the Seven Army Core Values.

In the white phase, he went through marksmanship and combat training and rappelled the Warrior Tower. This training taught him vital soldier skills and instilled him with more confidence.

During the blue phase, he became more familiar with the use of automatic weapons and hand grenades in U.S. weapons training and then put his training to the test as he negotiated the night infiltration course.

Gordon completed and passed all three phases and graduated from training on August 5, 2010. During his training, he received the highest honor for his score of 37 out of 40 on the M16A4 qualification range and received an expert marksman award and medallion and was also awarded a medallion for leadership from his battalion commander.

Gordon will be returning to Penn State University, main campus, as a sophomore, majoring in crime, law and justice on August 20. He is the son of Brent and Rita Gordon of McConnellsburg and the grandson of Donnie and Phyllis Gordon and Frank and Connie Shives of McConnellsburg.

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