Published Sunday, October 07, 2012

Military notes: Dothard, Bouchard, Crankshaw in the news

From Staff Reports

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Army Pfc. Rebeka E. Dothard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and 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.

Dothard is the daughter of Annette and Billy Dothard of Griffin, and niece of Patsy Wimbish and James Rush, both of Senoia.

Army Pvt. Lauren A. Bouchard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and 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.

Bouchard’s father is Curtis Murray of Senoia. Bouchard is a 2009 graduate of East Coweta High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. Donald C. Crankshaw, son of Susan Crankshaw of Sharpsburg, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Crankshaw stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies..

One week prior to graduation, Crankshaw endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Crankshaw is a 2012 graduate of Jackson High School.

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