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Two men who graduated from local high schools recently graduated from basic training.
U.S. Army PFC Bryson KinKade graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) on May 13 at Fort Benning, Ga. He received his infantry blue cords at the “Turning Blue Ceremony” on May 12.
KinKade is the son of Janie and Remington White, of Bowling Green, and Mike and Hattie KinKade, of Louisiana. He is the grandson of Dennis and Jan Edwards, of Louisiana, the late Wayne Welker, of St. Peters; and R.T. White, of Bowling Green.
During the fourteen weeks of training, KinKade underwent rigorous physical and mental training, as well as training in the fundamentals of being a soldier such as drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Additional training included hands on training and field instruction, weapon and vehicle operation and maintenance, land reconnaissance, minefield safety, communications equipment operations, preparing fighting positions, and constructing barriers.
KinKade is a 2012 graduate of Louisiana High School. He recently arrived at his first duty station at Fort Campbell, Ken., to begin fulfilling his military occupational specialty of infantry man.
U.S. Army PV2 Daniel Branstetter graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla., on April 12.
Branstettter is the son of Teresa and Gene Blazer, of Wentzville, and Robert Branstetter, of Bowling Green. He is the grandson of Wayne and Judy McDaniel, of Bowling Green, and John and Peggy Branstetter, of Louisiana.
During the ten weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses.
Branstetter is a 2012 Bowling HIgh School graduate. He is currently attending AIT at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), for 35 weeks to prepare for his military occupational specialty of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator.