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Blanks graduates from basic, advanced training

POSTED: March 19, 2012 9:44 p.m.

Army National Guard Pvt. Joshua D. Blanks has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

During AIT, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations. Pvt. Blanks performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.

Blanks is the son of Franklin D. and Stephanie A. Blanks of Guyton.

He is a 2010 graduate of Effingham County High School.

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