Military News — September 9, 2010

Pvt. Benge graduates combat training

Army Pvt. Wayne A. Benge has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. During the nine weeks of training he 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.

Benge is the son of Scott Benge of Rockford and grandson of Golda Benge of Madison Heights, Mich. He is a 2008 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

Pvt. Greenwood graduates from Army basic training 

Army Pvt. Spenser S. Greenwood, a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School, has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

The course is designed to train service members to maintain, prepare and load ammunition for firing; operate and perform operator maintenance on prime movers, self-propelled Howitzers, and ammunition vehicles; store, maintain, and distribute ammunition to using units as a member of battery or battalion ammunition section; perform crew maintenance and participate in organizational maintenance of weapons and related equipment; and establish and maintain radio and wire communications.

Greenwood is the son of Prospero I. and Merrita J. Tumonong of Rockford. His wife, Lisa, is the daughter of John M. and Suzette Bruha of Grand Rapids.

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