Local resident earns title “U.S. Marine”

Area native, Private First Class Kaitlin Fugate, 19, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in Parris Island, S.C. on November 21, 2012.

Fugate enters into a proud, lifelong brother and sisterhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ ranks.

Putting her recruit’s honor, courage and commitment to the test, Fugate 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, Fugate 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 Fugate in the best shape of her life. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership. PFC Fugate also graduated as Honor Guide from her platoon.

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

Fugate is a 2012 graduate of Rockford High School. PFC Fugate was enlisted by Sgt. Cory Jeffers from the Marine Corps recruiting station in Grand Rapids, MI.

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