2002-06-01 / Community

Army & Marine Corps News

Army & Marine Corps News

Army Reserve Pvt. Lakia T. Echols, daughter of Arlene Thomas of Far Rockaway, and graduate of Beach Channel High School, has graduated from the automated logistical specialist advanced individual training (AIT) course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, VA.

Echols was trained to establish and maintain stock records and other documents such as inventory, material control, accounting and support reports, automated and manual accounting records; review and verify bills of lading, contracts and purchase orders; repair and construct shipping crates for equipment and supplies; and perform prescribed loads and shop stock lists in manual and automated supply applications.

Marine Corps Pvt. George T. Vihi, III, son of Lilly L. and George T. Vihi of Far Rockaway, and a graduate of Beach Channel High School, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine Corps Pfc. Brian M. Goldstein, a 1997 graduate of Hebrew Academy of Five Towns, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., and was promoted to his current rank.

Vihi and Goldstein successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Vihi, Goldstein and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, they 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.

The recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values –honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. The training phase was ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem-solving evolution, which culminated with an emotional ceremony in which the recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as "Marines" for the first time since boot camp began.

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