Local resident earns title of “United States Marine”

Private First Class Abigail L. Brown-Beurmann, 20, earned the title of “United States Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in Parris Island, South Carolina on Sept. 14, 2012.

PFC Beaurmann enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ rank.

Putting her recruits’ honor, courage and commitment to the test, PFC Beurmann faced the physically and mentally rigorous challenges packed into the 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp. The training was designed to enhance raw talent and to create the morale and discipline required of all Marines.

During recruit training, PFC Beurmann joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world’s military elite. She learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill. The demanding physical fitness regimen placed PFC Beurmann in the best shape of her life. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership.

PFC Beurmann also earned the Physical Fitness Award for achieving the highest score for Oscar Company and she was Honor Graduate of Platoon 4026.

Following approximately 10 days of well-earned leave, PFC Beurmann will attend school to learn her occupational specialty. Then PFC Beurmann will report to her first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.

PFC Beurmann is a 2010 graduate of Rockford High School. She is the daughter of Kurt F. Brown and Katie L. Brown, currently residing in Rockford. PFC Beurmann was enlisted by Sergeant Cory A. Jeffers from the Marine Corp recruiting station in Grand Rapids, MI.

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