Military News: Shamokin, Mount Carmel soldiers complete training
Army Reserve Pvts. James E. Long and Andrew Sirkora have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers 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.
Long is a son of James and Tammy Long, Yeager Drive, Shamokin.
Sirkora is a son of Leilani Spangler and grandson of Thomas Latshaw, both of West Fifth Street, Mount Carmel.