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Wilkins graduates from infantryman course

COLUMBUS, Ga. Army Pfc. Nathan A. Wilkins has graduated from Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, Wilkins received 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. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. 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, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. Wilkins graduated in 2005 from Peru Senior High School. He is the son of Bruce Wilkins, Peru, and nephew of Keith Wilkins, Brasher Falls.

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