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Army Pfc. Christopher A. Fontana, son of Robert and stepson of Marsha Fontana of Clearwater, graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Fontana is a 2004 graduate of Countryside High School.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Justin R. Giroux, grandson of Paul and Margurite Giroux of Largo, completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

In addition to a physical conditioning program, Giroux spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments that included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. He and fellow recruits performed close order drills and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

He also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment.

The training phase included The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.

News of local members of the military 04/17/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:03pm]
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