JOSEPH M. KEEFOVER, an Army Reserve private, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. A 2009 graduate of Munford High School, he is the son of Traci Keefover of Oneonta.
DARRELL J. GUTHRIE, a colonel in the Army Reserves, has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. The soldier is a member of 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, Riverside, Calif. The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S. They go through a series of inprocessing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment. Guthrie is a civil affairs officer with 24 years of military service. Guthrie is a 1980 graduate of Gardendale High School and brother of Paul D. Guthrie of Warrior.
ANDREW L. JONES, a private in the Army, has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, soldiers receive training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills. Jones is the son of Kristi Rhodes of Springville and a 2008 graduate of Clay- Chalkville High School, Pinson.
MICHAEL C. LOPEZ, Air Force Airman, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. A 2009 graduate of Cleveland High School, Lopez is the son of Esparanza Lopez of Cleveland.
JOSEPH M. JORDAN, an Army private, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, he 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 available to the infantry crewman. Jordan is a 2009 graduate of Oneonta High School. He is the son of Michael Jordan of Remlap and Tracy Kehoe of Flint, Mich.